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Edgewater police officer hurt after fight with DUI suspect

EDGEWATER, Colo. -- An Edgewater police officer was seriously injured after the pursuit of an alleged DUI driver and physical altercation early Friday.

Officers chased Connor Michael Dougherty, 26, who was on a motorized scooter about 2 a.m., the Edgewater Police Department said. He was wanted for suspicion of DUI.

Dougherty crashed in the parking lot of Jefferson High School (2305 Pierce St.) and fought with the officers as they tried to take him into custody.

Cpl. Michael Nesbitt suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest as a result of strain during the fight, police said.

Nesbitt was taken to Lutheran Hospital and was in critical condition, police said.

Nesbitt has worked with the force for five years and, according to Sgt. Mark Hamilton, is dedicated to protecting the community.

"Corporal Nesbitt is an extremely hard working police officer. He works a lot of hours. He’s received numerous awards for his DUI enforcement. That’s what he was doing the night he was hurt," Hamilton said.

Cpl. Michael Nesbitt with the Edgewater Police Department.

Edgewater resident Teresa Sanchez said Nesbitt is loved by the community.

"I don’t think he knows how many people really know him and love him," she said. "We want him to get better and that's what we're praying for. He'll come out of this and be OK again and protect us like he always has."

Dougherty also was taken to a hospital and later released.

He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on multiple charges, including second-degree assault of a peace officer.