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A suspected drunken driver crashed behind a police station. Officers saved him from flames.

A badly damaged car sits in a field where it crashed on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The driver was pulled to safety by Lincoln police officers. The driver is suspected of driving under the influence.
A badly damaged car sits in a field where it crashed on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The driver was pulled to safety by Lincoln police officers. The driver is suspected of driving under the influence.

A suspected drunken driver was pulled to safety by Lincoln police officers who responded to a crash in a field behind their station.

Police Chief Doug Lee commended his officers for their quick action, saying he is “very proud of the work they do every day, and especially during incidents like this.”

The driver’s vehicle struck a pole at Eighth and H streets about 11:20 p.m. Sunday, coming to a stop in a field behind the station. Responding officers found the driver apparently unconscious in the vehicle and live, downed electrical wires in the street.

A grass fire started by the downed lines had reached the vehicle, prompting the officers to use a fire extinguisher to knock down flames. Once they could safely approach the vehicle, they broke out the driver’s side window and pulled the motorist to safety.

He was transported to the hospital with significant injuries, according to a Facebook post by the department. The driver, who was not identified, is expected to be booked for driving under the influence if blood-alcohol tests confirm he was intoxicated.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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