Fire officials say three EMTs injured when responding to overdose call

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee Fire officials say three EMTs were injured on Sunday afternoon, February 17th after responding to a call of a possible overdose.

The incident occurred around 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon near Capitol and Richards.

Fire officials say three EMTs met a man who was impaired, and reportedly tried to escape the EMTs by getting into his car and fleeing the scene.

"He ran off and was attempting to get into his car. They tried to keep him from getting into his car, but he managed to break free," Deputy Fire Chief Jack Christianson said.

Officials say one EMT was on the driver's side window, a second was on the passenger's side and a third was in the backseat trying to restrain the man.

Once the man started driving, two of the EMTs were dragged about 20 to 30 feet, while a third was able to get the vehicle to stop.

"Capitol Drive is a busy area, so right away, your heart just drops," Christianson said.

The three injured EMTs were taken to St. Mary's Hospital for evaluation. They were treated and released.

The man was also taken to a hospital. His condition is not known at this time.

"I was just glad to see they weren't serious injuries," Christianson said.