Police say Lieutenant Tom Trindad was headed north on Highway 59 when he stopped in traffic. A light brown Dodge SUV that was driving behind the lieutenant hit the rear of his motorcycle Police say the crash pushed his motorcycle into the rear of another SUV, throwing Trindad and his wife on to the ground.
Police say the driver then made a u-turn on Highway 59 and sped away. Officers later caught up with the suspect at Ashby Road and Franklin Avenue. That's where officers say he jumped out of the SUV and ran away.
Police are still trying to find the suspect. If you have any information on the crash, you are asked to call the Merced Police Department.