Two months after suffering injuries during a traffic stop, Prince George's County police officer Bashua Olaseha is back on his feet.
Two-year veteran Olaseha, 26, suffered injuries in late May during a traffic stop in District Heights when a minivan headed for Olaseha and two other officers. While the two other officers were able to jump to safety, Olaseha was not as fortunate.
When Olaseha jumped he landed in a ditch. The van veered off the road and came to rest on top of Olaseha, trapping him below.
The ground was soft because of the rain we had which let him sink into the ground,” Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said. “I think it may have saved his life.”
According to Mark Brady, spokesperson for the county fire department, firefighters were able to free the trapped officer with minutes of arriving on the scene.
Officer Olaseha was hospitalized for about 30 days with burns, concussion, lacerated liver, and a collapsed lung.
On Friday, Olaseha stopped by Prince George's County Police Headquarters for a visit. Lt Bill
“Officer “O” is doing great,” said Lt. Bill Alexander. “He is still recovering, however, from pretty significant injuries.”
Police say Olasseha is unlikely to make a return to full duty until 2015.
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