SANTA ANA, Calif.– A group of courageous Good Samaritans came to the aid of a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer who was unexpectedly attacked by a pedestrian at the conclusion of an enforcement contact.
On May 19, 2023, at approximately 5:08 p.m., two officers from the CHP’s Santa Ana Area office responded to an incident on the Main St. on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 (I-5) involving a pedestrian who was yelling at passing motorists and attempting to remove a freeway sign.
Upon arrival, officers successfully detained the subject and obtained necessary identification information. The pedestrian cooperated with the officers, receiving a verbal warning and a clear order to refrain from entering the freeway or on-ramp. The subject was released and walked off the freeway.
As a CHP motorcycle officer was preparing to leave the scene, the pedestrian walked back onto the on-ramp and confronted the officer. Despite the CHP officer’s initial efforts to de-escalate the situation, a physical altercation occurred.
In a commendable display of community support, three Good Samaritans came to the aid of our officer. The subject was arrested and booked in the Orange County Jail on multiple charges, including assault and battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest.
The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.