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Elk Grove police officer struck and killed by DUI wrong-way driver

An Elk Grove Police Department motorcycle officer was struck and killed early this morning by a DUI wrong-way driver on southbound Highway 99.

The officer identified by Elk Grove Police Chief Tim Albright as Ty Lenehan was on his way to work on his department-issued motorcycle when he was struck by a vehicle going the wrong way on southbound Highway 99 around 5:15 am.

According to the CHP, a 9-1-1 caller had alerted them to a wrong-way driver, and CHP units were dispatched to investigate. The CHP then received a call that there was a collision with a police motorcycle. Officers arrived on the scene and found the Elk Grove police officer suffering from life-threatening injuries. CHP officers and first responders administered life-saving measures on Lenehan who was transported to UC Davis Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

CHP officers detained Jermaine J. Walton, a 31-year-old male out of Sacramento, who was walking away from the scene. Walton was arrested for driving under the influence. He faces four felony charges including murder and is being held without bail.

Officer Lenehan was a 6-year veteran of the Elk Grove Police Department. Prior to that he was a reserve officer for the Citrus Heights Police Department and worked two years at the Galt Police Department. He was also a United States Air Force veteran. He is the first line of duty death in the 16-year history of the Elk Grove Police Department.

Lenehan is survived by his wife and two children.

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