An Ashwaubenon, WI, Public Safety officer remains in critical condition after being hit by an alleged drunk driver Saturday, reports WBAY.
Officer Brian Murphy, a two-year veteran of the force, has had two surgeries. The first surgery was “life-saving,” according to Ashwaubenon Public Safety. “He’s in bad shape,” Capt. Jody Crocker said.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol are investigating the crash.
Officials say the public safety officer was struck around 11:25 Saturday night on Interstate 41 southbound, south of Waube Lane. Officer Murphy and another officer were at the scene of a vehicle fire.
Public Safety says the officer had his emergency lights on, and cones and flares were on the roadway to divert traffic. Also, there were a number of emergency vehicles with lights flashing on the highway.
The officer was outside his vehicle and wearing a reflective safety vest when he was hit.
Police say torrential rainfall and street flooding slowed the rescue teams trying to reach the injured officer and transport him to the hospital.
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