A motorcyclist is lucky to be alive after he lost control of his bike, nearly sliding into the front of an oncoming California Highway Patrol cruiser.

According to CHP reports, Matthew Hensley, 32, was riding his Honda motorcycle westbound on Highway 299, about a mile west of Pigeon Point campground at about 10:14 p.m. Thursday, July 23. Hensley reportedly lost control of the cycle in a right curve in the roadway and fell off.

CHP Officer J. Hunt was rounding the corner in the opposite direction at the time in his marked patrol vehicle, a 2013 Ford Explorer.

“The Honda slid into the eastbound lane and became lodged under the front of Officer Hunt’s patrol vehicle,” the report said. “Hensley was treated by EMS for minor injuries, declined transport, and was released from the scene.”

Officer Hunt was uninjured, but the bike and patrol vehicle had to be towed from the scene, both having sustained major damage.

Hensley was reported to have been riding without a valid license, but investigators say alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash.

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