Update: DWI suspect pins officer between vehicles while trying to flee
An officer for the Rochester Police Department was hospitalized Saturday night after being struck by a drunk driver in a downtown parking lot.
The incident happened around 9:45 p.m. outside of Legends Bar. Two officers were on foot trying to stop the driver from fleeing the scene when he crashed into another car, briefly pinning one of the officers between vehicles.
The officer, identified as Steven Osborne, was transported to the hospital with leg injuries, but has since been treated and released.
The driver of the vehicle, Justen Heintzman, 35, was arrested at the scene. He faces charges of criminal vehicular operation and reckless driving.
According to the police report, officers were responding to the area after witnessing Heintzman strike several vehicles on his way out of the parking lot. Officers initially called out for him to stop the vehicle but Heintzman refused to cooperate.
His vehicle then struck a parked pick-up truck, pushing it into several other cars and pinning Officer Osborne between two vehicles. Heintzman continued to accelerate while Osborne was trapped, prompting the second officer to draw his weapon, notes the report.
The officer was about to shoot when Heintzman put the vehicle in reverse. Osborne was able to get free and assist in the arrest of Heintzman. At Monday's press briefing, Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin said the second officer displayed "excellent restraint" in a difficult situation.
Court records show Heintzman was convicted of DWI in 2009.
(Cover photo: Justen Heintzman)