Ashwaubenon officer hit by alleged drunk driver in critical condition
An Ashwaubenon Public Safety officer who was hit by an alleged drunk driver has improved, but he remains in critical condition.
Officer Brian Murphy, a two-year veteran of the force, has had two surgeries. The first surgery was "life-saving," according to Ashwaubenon Public Safety.
"He's in bad shape," Capt. Jody Crocker said.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol are investigating the crash.
Officials say the public safety officer was struck around 11:25 Saturday night on Interstate 41 southbound, south of Waube Lane.
Officer Murphy and another officer were at the scene of a vehicle fire.
Public Safety says the officer had his emergency lights on, and cones and flares were on the roadway to divert traffic. Also, there were a number of emergency vehicles with lights flashing on the highway.
The officer was outside his vehicle and wearing a reflective safety vest when he was hit.
"The reason that he was up there were because people weren't moving over and then to top that off with a drunk driver, alleged drunk driver," Crocker said.
Police say torrential rainfall and street flooding slowed the rescue teams.
"At the time, God wasn't looking down on us too favorably in getting Officer Murphy to the hospital in a timely matter," said Chief Eric Dunning.
Jail records show Kalin McGuire is expected to appear in court on charges of Injury by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle and OWI Passenger under 16.
Police say McGuire called 911 to report the crash.
"We had a driver that caused this that made very poor decisions that evening," said Chief Dunning. "Number one, getting behind the wheel and driving, poor decision making. This could have been alleviated, on top of moving over to the, yielding over to the side of an emergency vehicle is number two."
Ashwaubenon Public Safety said it has received messages of support from people around the world.
"Please keep the officer and his family in your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead," reads a post on the department's Facebook page.
Murphy's family is asking for privacy.
"Officer Murphy's family is requesting privacy during this time and we also ask that to be respected," Capt. Crocker says.
Action 2 News will continue to update this developing story.