OPD: Ofc. hospitalized, hit by drunk driver while on duty
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — One officer is hospitalized after being hit by a car while responding to a crash, reports the Omaha Police Department (OPD).
Around 6:15 Thursday evening, officers responded to an accident on Hwy 75 NB at the I-80 interchange.
Assisting with lane closures, Officer Michael Salseda parked his cruiser in a lane with emergency overhead lights and the directional bar activated.
Dressed in a high visibility traffic vest, Ofc. Salseda left his cruiser and began putting out flares along the highway shoulder. Suddenly, he was struck by a vehicle.
According to the OPD investigation, the car that hit Ofc. Salseda was driving northbound in the same lane the officer’s cruiser was parked and was unable to stop.
The driver has been identified as 29-year-old Christopher Guy.
Guy told police he attempted to change lanes, but there were too many cars in the way. Consequently, Guy veered to the left onto the shoulder to avoid hitting the cruiser.
At this point, Guy struck Ofc. Salseda, who was still standing on the shoulder.
Transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Salseda’s injuries were deemed serious but non-life-threatening.
OPD says Guy showed signs of impairment. Further testing showed he had a .305 BAC, nearly four times the legal limit.
Guy was taken into custody for Driving while Under the Influence.