Edgewater officer who suffered cardiac arrest making 'guarded improvement'

An Edgewater police officer is recovering after having a heart attack while arresting a d-u-i suspect. We're told "Corporal Michael Nesbitt" is doing a little better today.

An Edgewater officer is at a local hospital in critical condition after fighting with a DUI suspect early Friday morning, authorities say.

Edgewater Cpl. Michael Nesbitt was with other officers while pursuing a DUI suspect on a motorized scooter around 2 a.m. Friday. Connor Michael Dougherty. 25, was riding the scooter before crashing it in a school parking lot and fighting with officers, including Nesbitt, Edgewater Police say in a news release.

Nesbitt suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest from the strain of fighting with Dougherty and he was taken to the Lutheran Hospital Intensive Care Unit immediately after the fight, police say.

As of Saturday afternoon, Nesbitt has made "guarded improvement" but is still in critical condition per police. His family and the Edgewater Police Department sincerely thank the community for their support.

Dougherty, meanwhile, was arrested after being taken to the hospital for the injuries he got in the fight. He's at the Jefferson County Jail on several charges including second-degree assault of a peace officer, according to the police department.

This is a developing story. Stay with 9NEWS for updates.

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