April 10, 2012 | 04:38 PMELKHORN — A 25-year-old Jefferson man faces a felony charge after he allegedly crashed into a Whitewater police officer's squad car while driving drunk.
Nicholas D. Rasmussen, 201 S. Copeland Ave., has been charged with felony hit and run causing injury and misdemeanor operating while intoxicated causing injury, first-offense.
If convicted of both counts, Rasmussen faces up to one year and nine months imprisonment and $12,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On March 18, at 3:28 a.m., police officers were dispatched to a report of an intoxicated male at a pizza restaurant located on Main Street.
While the officer responded to the scene, at the intersection of West Main and South Second streets, the squad car was struck by another vehicle.
After the crash, the officer saw two men exit the crashing car and run from the vehicle.
The officer pursued the driver of the striking vehicle on foot and located the driver hiding near the back of a business.
That person was identified as Rasmussen.
A portable breathalyzer test came back at 0.12. The legal limit is 0.08.
Rasmussen repeatedly apologized to the officer for striking his vehicle. As a result of the crash, the officer sustained an injury to his back.