Update | Central police officer escorted back home after car ran over him

Officer Powers being escorted home

CENTRAL – Shaine Powers, 42, the Central Police officer who was dragged by a vehicle and then run over, was discharged and escorted to his home on July 4th.

“He is happy to be home and in his own space. Thankfully, the pain has been minimal for the most part now. We still have a long road ahead where he is able to be mobile again, but we will get there. At home health starts today so I’m excited for him to work with therapists these next few weeks,” said Powers’ wife Lindsey.

His fellow co-workers at the Central Police Department escorted Powers home. They’re now in the process of building a ramp at his home for access in and out for Powers.

Powers was involved in an incident around 11 p.m. June 30 in the Bridlewood BREC Park in the Bridlewood subdivision. That’s off of Hooper Rd. near Greenwell Springs Rd. in Central. He was dragged by a car and then run over. His leg broke in four different spots.

Despite the amount of pain he was in, Powers was in good spirits after his surgery Saturday and while taking his first steps on Monday.

“He said it was rough having to shift all of his weight onto the left leg, but that he can do it,” said Lindsey. “The therapist gave him a 7 on a scale of 8 in their session, so that’s some progress!”

Officer Powers takes his first steps since a car dragged him and ran over him

“Officer Powers received multiple fractures to his lower right leg, but we are thankful for the hands of Dr. Hess and the team at OLOL. They were able to mend all the breaks with metal rods from knee to ankle. He is expected to make a full recovery within the next few months,” Lindsey, told UWK.

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Central PD officer Shaine Powers after surgery Saturday evening

Powers was taking a quick break on June 30th after patrolling the Bridlewood neighborhood in Central and had parked in the Brec park. That’s when officials say a car pulled up right beside the officer.

Brec parks are closed after dark, and that’s part of why the officer went up to the car to ask why he was in the park after hours.

When Powers approached the car, Central’s Police Chief Roger Corcoran said Officer Powers could smell a strong odor of weed. Powers is said to have asked for the driver’s information. When the officer asked the driver to get out of the car, that’s when the driver took off, according to Chief Corcoran.

The officer had a portion of his flashlight in the car, and when the driver rolled up his window, he was dragged for a short time until he fell on the ground with the car running over his leg.

A woman in the neighborhood heard a man screaming and found the officer on the ground. The woman happened to be a nurse and tended to the officer until first responders arrived.

The getaway car is described as a gray car with four doors, but no further details are available at this time. There was one black man in the car wearing only a white T-shirt and black shorts.

Powers has been a part-time officer with the Central Police for nearly five years. He has also been a part-time captain at the Pride Fire Dept. for the last 18 years.

Because Powers is part-time with both agencies, he does not have insurance through either. Workers’ compensation will be responsible for Powers’ medical bills, but they will only compensate for a small portion of his salary at the Central Police Dept. Powers will be out of work from both the police and fire departments for several weeks while he recovers. That means he will have no income coming in from the fire department, which was his primary source.

That’s why an account has been set up for people to help the Powers family. You can head to any Chase Bank and make a donation to Lindsey Powers’ account (Officer Powers’ wife). If going to a bank is not an option, you can Venmo the account @OfcPowersrecoveryfund or simply scan the image below.

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