3 Mont. firefighters, officer recovering after being struck by vehicle

Officials said the responders were struck by a vehicle at the scene of a reported domestic disturbance


By FireRescue1 Staff

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A police officer and three firefighters are recovering after they were struck by a vehicle at the scene of a reported domestic disturbance.

KBZK.com reported that the responders were outside of their vehicles when they were struck by a vehicle driven by someone who was not involved in the disturbance. Police officer Zaine O'Meara suffered serious injuries to his face and shoulder. He is recovering after undergoing emergency surgery.

Great Falls Fire Rescue Chief Steve Hester said the three firefighters were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver, identified as Scott Alan Jenks, was arrested at the scene and taken to county jail. He's facing three counts of negligent vehicular assault and one count of criminal endangerment, according to the report.

Montana Highway Patrol officials said his blood-alcohol level was "significantly above" the legal limit for driving, according to the report. 

The incident remains under investigation.

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