Yuba City, Ca.
Officer David Gordon, a Yreka native who started his 13-year CHP career with the Santa Rosa office, suffered his injuries in the early hours of Oct. 19, 2020 after he and a partner exited their patrol vehicle to direct traffic past malfunctioning train crossing gates on Highway 99, near Live Oak.
While the officers directed traffic, a dark gray SUV came speeding around a curve. His partner was able to jump out of the way, but Gordon couldn’t avoid the SUV. After hitting Gordon, the driver exited the vehicle and attempted to flee. The unharmed officer chased down the suspect, identified as Lucas Julian Nelson, who was later booked the Sutter County jail on charges of resisting arrest and DUI with great bodily injury. The CHP Yuba-Sutter office said Nelson was determined to have been driving under the influence of alcohol.
CHP Officer David Gordon came home on Friday, February 21, 2020 after four months in the hospital. He was met with cheers and raucous applause from more than 100 hospital workers and law enforcement brethren as he emerged from the main entrance of UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento on Friday afternoon. Accompanied by his wife and their two children, a walker-assisted Gordon, dressed in a blue T-shirt with an American flag on the front, climbed into a white limousine moments after turning and offering his crowd of supporters a humble but enthused “Thank you!”