Denver police officer John Adsit returns to work nearly 21 months after being hit

Denver police officer John Adsit returns to work.

Denver police officer John Adsit returns to work.

DENVER — Nearly 21 months after being run over by a vehicle and dragged several feet, Denver police officer John Adsit returned to work Wednesday morning.

“It’s been an incredibly long journey,” Adsit said. “There were ups and downs along the way, and I wasn’t sure if this day would actually come. And doctors told me this day may never come. I’m blessed, I’m blessed.”

In December 2014, Adsit was on a bicycle, and was hit and nearly killed by an out-of-control driver while he was protecting teenagers on a protest march on East Colfax Avenue near East High School.

Adsit was dragged for nearly a block. He suffered a broken pelvis, broken femur, a severed artery, a collapsed lung and eye damage. Two other officers on bicycles also were hit and suffered minor injuries.

Adsit, who underwent 18 surgeries, will be on limited duty as he returns to work.

“This is kind of a dream come true for me and my family,” Adsit said. “All the prayers of support from the community, the city and even the support of the media has been great. … It reminds me the first day of the academy and starting out. And now I’m getting back in again.”

The man who hit Adsit, Christopher Booker, was sentenced in December to six years of community corrections. It’s more of a halfway house, where Booker spends his nights in custody and his days in treatment or a job.

Booker suffered a seizure when he hit the officers. He pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and attempt to influence a public servant.

According to an arrest affidavit, Booker lied about his medical condition to get a driver’s license and should not have been driving.