A law enforcement officer suffered serious injuries while trying to stop a human smuggling suspect who was driving under the influence in Arizona last week, according to authorities.
The incident unfolded in Cochise County late on Thursday night, and a recent update indicates the wounded man may be fighting for his life.
Cochise County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputy Chris Oletski was setting up spike strips on State Route 80 near Bisbee during a pursuit of a suspected illegal alien smuggler when he reportedly plunged over a guard rail.
“He was injured when a woman driving under the influence, smuggling individuals barreled towards him while he was deploying spike strips—He fell off 15 feet off a bridge,” News Nation correspondent Ali Bradley reports.
Life-saving rescue efforts were executed at the scene and Dep. Oletski was airlifted to a trauma center in Tucson where he underwent emergency surgery.
The driver, identified as 47-year-old Amber Bernadette Fuaga of nearby Maricopa County, was booked on charges related to human smuggling and driving under the influence.
While initial reports indicated Oletski was expected to survive, Bradley appealed for prayers on Tuesday, indicating the deputy’s condition had apparently worsened.
“Things have taken an unexpected turn and we need a miracle,” Bradley said.
“I know Chris personally, he loves his job, his community and his family—He is a devoted husband and a loving father.”
Oletski’s health status at the time of this writing is unclear.
“This is the third time in the last several days where my deputies and citizens have been placed in harms way by reckless and violent criminal smugglers due to a border being neglected by those entrusted in Washington D.C. to protect Americans,” Cochise County Sheriff Mark J. Dannels wrote in a statement.
“Enough is Enough!”
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