PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer is recovering after surviving a head-on crash with a suspected drunk driver on New Year's Day.
That suspect was driving the wrong way.
Thankfully, Officer Chase McCance is expected to survive, but initially announced he will have a long road to recovery.
On Jan. 27, Phoenix police gave an update and said McCance's recovery was going better than expected and he would soon be released from the hospital to continue treatment from home.
Just before 6 a.m. on Jan. 1, police say Dylan Ray Johnson’s white pick-up truck was heading the wrong way when it slammed into McCance’s police vehicle head-on.
McCance was rushed to the hospital with injuries to his hip, shoulder, ribs, jaw and more.
Johnson, who police say admitted to drinking and smoking weed before the crash, walked away without any serious injuries.
“My heart just dropped," Sgt. Tu Phan said.
Phan is McCane's sergeant. He said McCance joined the force about a year ago. He said the new officer was quiet, always working.
“Very humble officer, down to earth, shows up to work,” Phan said.
McCance and his wife have a son and are currently expecting another child.
While McCance is expected to make a full recovery, he will need help.