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Mesa Officer hit by drunk driver is back on his feet, will participate in marathon

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MESA, Ariz. -

A Mesa Police Officer who was struck by an alleged drunk driver is back on his feet again. It's been three months since Officer Jim McDowell was hit but he will be part of the Phoenix Marathon on Saturday.
"I went to the intersection of Country Club and Southern to try and prevent a collision," said Officer Jim McDowell.  Instead he was part of the collision.  The Mesa PD motorcycle officer was responding to a drunk driving call on November 7th. "And I stopped in front of the left hand turn lane for northbound traffic with my lights on to keep cars from entering the intersection," said McDowell.

The suspect 47 year old Jose Valdez was driving his SUV on the wrong side of the road when he slammed into officer McDowell pinning him between two cars.

"I had a good burn on my neck, the transmission fluid from his vehicle was just running down my neck. I had bruises everywhere and I had a torn ligament on my knee," he said.

Officer McDowell has spent the last 3 months in physical therapy and just returned to his regular duties two weeks ago. Although he's back on his feet he still can't run the Phoenix Marathon like he did last year

"I have to wear a brace when I do anything more than just jogging," he said. But he's still going to be part of the marathon he'll be leading the race, on his motorcycle.  "But to be able to be part of the marathon and lead the marathon is special I'm excited to do that," said Ofc. McDowell.

McDowell says he's planning to pound the pavement in the Phoenix Marathon next year. "Yes I've already made that commitment," he said.

Police say the driver who hit officer McDowell had a preliminary blood alcohol content level of .205 that is double and nearly triple the legal limit of .08.

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