Police officer exposed to bloodborne pathogens wants city to pay medical bill
(12/23/16) - A Mid-Michigan police officer hurt in a long high-speed chase ended up in the hospital. He thought he followed protocol for seeking medical help, but a year later, debt collectors came calling.
Jeremy Meiser is a former part-time police officer for the Flushing Police Department. The danger became all too real on Aug. 16, 2015 when he tried to stop a drunken driver on Main Street.
"He continued to go and we made another turn, and then he took off. And we reached speeds of excessive a hundred miles [an] hour, or he did, in a quiet neighborhood of the city of Flushing," Meiser said.
The chase lasted 10 minutes, and when it finally ended near Wilson Road in Clio, Meiser struggled to arrest the man who had Hepatitis C.
"We were both...received minor cuts and we traded blood. I read the department policy, and it said in this incident go get yourself treated at Hurley Hospital, so that's where I went. That's specifically stated within the department policy to go to Hurley Hospital," Meiser said.
Meiser did not become infected with the disease. He says the City of Flushing sent him to a secondary facility five days later and paid for the blood testing there. After going back and forth with the city about the bill from Hurley, Meiser believed it was paid for until a couple of months ago when he was notified by collections.
That prompted a community response, even the police chief, to help raise the money through a GoFundMe campaign.
"It's wonderful. It's unfortunate it had to come to this but it's amazing to see citizens donate. It's wonderful," Meiser said.
Meiser says he still wants the city to pay the bill so that he can return the money that people donated.
He currently works as a full time officer with the Flint Township Police Department.