Oak Creek, WI – Dashcam footage captured the moment when two Oak Creek police officers were hit by a car while trying to check on a man who appeared to be passed out behind the wheel (video below).
The incident occurred near the intersection of West Town Square Way and South 6th Street on Jan. 22, WTMJ reported.
Oak Creek Police Department (OCPD) Sergeant Thomas Loontjens and Officer Patrick Donoghue responded to the scene after receiving a request for a welfare check.
According to court documents, the caller reported that a man was sitting behind the wheel of a parked red car and that he appeared to be unconscious, WITI reported.
When the officers arrived at the scene, they located the vehicle and approached the driver, who they saw “hunched over” in the driver’s seat, appearing to be “passed out,” the criminal complaint read.
Police said they also observed an opened bottle of liquor inside the vehicle, WITI reported.
The officers knocked on the window of the car for about 45 seconds before the driver awoke.
He was later identified as 30-year-old Keith Norrington, WTMJ reported.
One of the officers greeted him and explained that they were there to check on him.
As they were speaking, the officer noted Norrington’s speech was slurred and that his eyes were red, according to WTMJ.
Officer Donaghue asked Norrington if he had consumed alcohol that night, but he denied he had been drinking, according to court documents.
“The defendant denied drinking or consuming drugs and said the open bottle in the Audi was for someone else,” the criminal complaint read.
Police said the suspect “appeared to have difficulty finding his wallet” after he was asked for his driver’s license, which ultimately came back as suspended, WITI reported.
Officer Donoghue then asked Norrington to perform some tests to ensure he was safe to drive, but the suspect refused, according to WTMJ.
Court documents indicated the officers asked Norrington to exit his vehicle seven times, but he would not comply, WITI reported.
He even started up his car at one point, telling the officers he just wanted “to keep himself warm,” police said.
One of the officers then reached through the window in an attempt to open the car door, but Norrington allegedly grabbed his hand and tried to pull the door closed.
The officers managed to open the door and tried to pull Norrington from the car, but he “revved the car’s engine” and threw the vehicle into reverse, according to the criminal complaint.
Norrington stomped on the accelerator and rapidly reversed, knocking both officers to the pavement with the open door, dashcam footage showed.
One of the officers was just inches away from the car’s tires as the suspect put the car into drive and sped off down the street.
Police pursued the fleeing driver for approximately five miles before calling off the chase due to safety concerns, WTMJ reported.
Milwaukee police officers later located the vehicle outside an apartment building near Michigan and 4th and took Norrington into custody, according to WITI.
He was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding an officer, second-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and refusal to take a test for intoxication after arrest, WTMJ reported.
The officers Norrington hit with the car both suffered minor injuries.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: