Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 7 years
Badge # 13812
Cause: Vehicular assault
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Officer Stephen Linen was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver at approximately 6:00 am while making a traffic stop on I-5, near Leucadia Boulevard, in Encinitas.
He was struck as he was speaking with the driver of the car he had stopped. The drunk driver collided into the rear of his patrol car, which burst into flames, pushing it into Officer Linen.
He was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver, who was returning from an evening in Mexico, was apprehended on suspicion of drunk driving.
Officer Linen had served with the California Highway Patrol for seven years. He is survived by his parents and a brother.