Tow Truck Runs Down, Seriously Injures Detroit Police Officer

March 3, 2023
A Detroit police officer suffered broken bones, a lacerated liver and a collapsed lung when he was run over by a tow truck driver with a suspended license and outstanding traffic warrants.

A Detroit police officer was seriously injured after being run down by a tow truck Wednesday.

The incident happened as police were finishing a traffic stop, WJBK-TV reports. That's when a tow truck swerved toward the lights and activity of the stop, striking an officer.

"He has all kinds of broken bones, lacerated liver, a collapsed lung," said Assistant Chief Charles Fitzgerald. "He just underwent another surgery this morning."

According to police, the tow truck driver had outstanding traffic warrants and had been operating on a suspended license. He was taken into custody by police.

The officer is listed in temporary serious condition. Fitzgerald said he is in good spirits and his father, who is a veteran police officer, has been with him in the hospital.

"A very good officer, hard-working, a young man smiles all the time even last night," he added.

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