Eyewitness News learned Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are changing training for recruits after three officers were hit by suspected drunk drivers in one night.
Officer Will Reinke still cannot walk on his right left because of the broken bones he suffered on East Independence Blvd. in December.
"They took a small layer of skin and had to graft it down on my leg over the muscle they took from the abdomen," said Reinke.
According to police, Steven Morris was impaired behind the wheel when he slammed into a cruiser that smashed into Reinke and another officer.
"The next thing I knew, I heard a loud noise and immediately a big flash of pain," said Reinke. "I don't think I ever lost consciousness, but the next thing I'm fully aware of, I was laying in the road looking at my leg bent 90 degrees to the right."
Hours later, a similar crash occurred.
Police said another officer investigating the crash that hurt Reinke was hit by a second impaired driver, Anthony Pellettieri.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are making sure future officers can better detect impaired drivers on these roads to keep themselves and other passengers safe.
Recruits are now required to take field sobriety classes where volunteers drink.
Recruits learn the signs someone is under the influence and the proper ways to pull them off the roads before anyone gets injured.
"When a drunk driver is responsible that hurts us all because that is an avoidable crime," said Alcohol Beverage Control Officer Tony Chesser.
Reinke doesn't know when he'll patrol the Providence Division again, but said he will be even more watchful of other drivers.
Both drivers charged with hitting the police officers will be in court in May.