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Phoenix police officer who survived wrong-way crash back at work

The Phoenix Police Department says Officer Chase McCance has returned to work after spending the last year recovering from a dangerous crash.

PHOENIX — The Phoenix police officer who survived a destructive head-on crash last year and underwent months of rehabilitation is now back at work. 

Officer Chase McCance has returned to patrolling Phoenix's streets after taking a long leave of absence to recover from a crash reported on Jan. 1, 2021.

"Today, after more than a year of intensive rehab, he’s hitting the streets again for his first shift back," Phoenix police wrote on Tuesday.

McCance's police car was struck by a pickup truck driving in the wrong direction near Cactus Road and 27th Street. McCance was rushed to the hospital with injuries to his hip, shoulder, ribs, and jaw.

Dylan Ray Johnson, the truck's driver, admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol and was taken into custody. He was charged with several counts of aggravated assault and endangerment. 

Court records show Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty to some of the charges and was sentenced to the Arizona Department of Corrections for 4.5 years, followed by a 4-year term of supervised probation.

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