A 29-year-old man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly passed out behind the wheel of his car, woke up, and drove into a Worcester firefighter before fleeing the scene.
Firefighters had responded to a report of a driver who was unconscious in a car, shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday. As they were walking toward the vehicle on Hermon Street, the driver woke up, sat up in his seat, and drove the vehicle at them, Worcester police said in a statement Monday. The two firefighters tried to jump out of the way, but one was struck by the side of the car. He suffered “very minor” injuries, according to Worcester Police Lieutenant Sean Murtha.
The driver, identified as Kristopher Nater of Worcester, continued driving down Hermon Street toward Main Street, after the incident, police said.
Police found Nater outside his car on Main Street. He was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle), hindering a firefighter in the performance of duty, operating to endanger, and operating after suspension of his license, police said.