This happened in my home town in New Hampshire, local sources say he could be out for 6 months recovering. The department only has 17 sworn officers and I think this will make 4 of them that are out long-term with illness/injuries.
Prayers sent for Officer Dzierlatka and his family.
Stay safe out there guys.
WINDHAM – A police officer injured during a rush-hour police chase on Interstate 93 Friday afternoon is expected to make a full recovery, according to authorities.
Sgt. Carl Wagner said Officer Jason Dzierlatka suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries after he was struck by a Dodge Avenger driven by an alleged bank robber near the weigh station just north of Exit 3. Dzierlatka had deployed stop sticks in an attempt to halt the vehicle, according to police.
While Wagner did not comment on the extent of Dzierlatka's injuries, he said the young officer was in a Boston hospital and had "a good outlook."
"We believe he will return to work, albeit it will be a matter of months," Wagner said.
Dzierlatka has been with the department for two years, according to authorities. It is his first job in law enforcement.
Though Dzierlatka was unable to stop the fleeing vehicle, authorities later apprehended the driver, Clint E. Pickering, 24, of Epsom, and passenger, Patrick McKeen, 23, of Laconia, on Route 110 in Dracut, Mass., after they crashed their vehicle.
According to authorities, one of the men entered the Bank of New England at 58 Range Road in Windham at about 4:36 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding an undisclosed amount of money. Witnesses later spotted the pair fleeing eastbound on Route 111 toward the Exit 3 on-ramp where authorities began a police pursuit that took them north to Londonderry, through a crossover and back south across the Massachusetts state line to Exit 46.
Though officers from multiple police departments were involved in the pursuit, Wagner said the two men were taken into custody by the Massachusetts State Police and were held as fugitives from justice at the Andover, Mass., barracks before being transferred to the Essex County Jail in Middleton, Mass.
Both men will be arraigned in district court in Lowell, Mass., tomorrow morning, according to state police.
Wagner said authorities in Windham were preparing arrest and search warrants for Pickering and McKeen.
According to police, Pickering will likely face multiple charges, including robbery, first-degree assault and attempted second-degree murder. McKeen will be charged with robbery, criminal theft and criminal liability of another.
I hope they are able to make the charges stick and that these two scumbags spend many years behind bars.