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Officer recovering in wheelchair after van hit on highway

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Officer Reinberg's heel, foot, and ankle are shattered. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Officer Reinberg's heel, foot, and ankle are shattered. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
ATOKA, TN -

(WMC) - Even though he uses a wheelchair, Atoka police officer Tommy Reinberg says he's just lucky to be alive after a traffic stop along Highway 51 sent him to Regional Medical Center.

"All the bones in the front of my foot are crushed and leaned on their side," Reinberg said .

Officer Reinberg's heel, foot and ankle are shattered.

All this after chasing a suspect down Highway 51, stopping him, and cuffing him. Reinberg says that's when he was hit by a van going northbound.

"I hurt all the sudden on my foot, and they said I yelled, 'I've been hit.' I didn't know there was a car there or anything there," he continues.

A 71-year-old Dyersburg man was driving that van. He kept driving after he hit Reinberg and was later stopped by Brighton police. Charges against that driver are pending.

"I couldn't see my foot. I didn't know if it was backwards or forwards and nobody would tell me," Reinberg added.

Reinberg says he's facing surgery and months of recovery. He wants what happened to him to serve as a reminder to others when they see police trying to keep everyone safe.

"If we're on the side of the highway, please, please slow down and move over. Give us a chance. We're out there doing our job," he said.

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