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Middleton Police release video after squad cars hit by drunk drivers

Squad camera Video

MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- During a traffic stop earlier this month, Middleton Officer Tim Francis was rear ended by a drunk driver.

Less than a week later, Sgt. Tyler Loether swerved out of the way of another drunk driver who would have hit him head-on.

"It could have been significantly worse," Captain Jeremy Geiszler said.

He says two officers hit by drunk drivers in one week is extremely rare.

"You never like to get those calls in the middle of the night that say, 'Hey our car just got hit head-on,' then you start worrying 'Are officers okay?'" he said.

No one was seriously injured in either crash, but they were close calls. In the crash involving Sgt. Loether's squad, the vehicle's front end was shredded just inches away from the driver side door.

There's still plenty of debris along Pleasant View Road in Middleton where Sgt. Loether's squad was hit.

Geiszler said he had to crawl out of his passenger door because the damage kept his door closed.

He says drunk drivers are more likely to hit citizen drivers, the officers just happened to have video evidence.

While the most recent Wisconsin DOT crash statistics show drunk driving crashes are on a slight decline, Geiszler says the numbers are still too high.

"There's Uber, Lyft, cabs, there's all sorts of ways around getting a drunk driving ticket, designated drivers all of that stuff so we want people to think twice about it," he said.

In both cases, Geiszler said it was the drivers' first drunk driving offense.

He says Loether's car was damaged beyond repair and they expect a replacement in May.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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