Police officer escapes injury when cruiser struck

December 29th, 2006    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

New Richmond Police Chief Dave Willoughby said that a bizarre accident Dec. 20 involving an allegedly impaired driver could have seriously injured a police officer, but both the officer and the driver of the other vehicle escaped without injury.

Chief Willoughby said that in the 5 p.m. hour of Dec. 20, Richard Spencer, 56, of New Richmond, backed into a police cruiser after he was pulled over by Officer Josh Frisby.

“This was a very scary situation,” said Chief Willoughby. “If the officer had already exited the cruiser he could have been struck by the vehicle.

Stopping the vehicle near Grays Lane on US 52, Officer Frisby began to exit the vehicle when he noticed that Spencer's reverse lights were on.

Although the officer reached in and turned on the siren to get Spencer's attention, the act came too late and minor damage was caused to both vehicles when they collided.

"This is the time of the year when we see a lot of social drinking," said Chief Willoughby.
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