In Tucson, the police have released a dashcam video of an officer helping a driver who was having a seizure by using a patrol car.
Sergeant Martin Espinoza has used his patrol car as a blockade to prevent the driver from moving into oncoming traffic. The incident happened on September 30, 2015. The sergeant saw a crowd of drivers surrounding a white vehicle after being flagged down by another driver. That vehicle contained a woman who was in the middle of having a seizure. She was staring straight ahead, making it unclear at first what was going wrong. However, her driving patterns made it clear that something was off.
The vehicle was going westbound and began drifting slowly into oncoming traffic. Sergeant Espinoza, acting as quickly as possible, placed his patrol car between traffic and the vehicle. He intended to use his own patrol car to stop the car, preventing it from causing a much more serious crash.
Police Officer Stops Vehicle With Car
Sergeant Espinoza knew that he had to act, but his options were limited. He chose to maneuver his car in front of the other vehicle and break to slow the vehicle to a stop. The speed of the vehicle was very low when it collided with the police car. Reports say that the driver was traveling around 15-20 mph when the collision occurred. Though Sergeant Espinoza was not worried about his own safety, any collision at any speed can be dangerous. The sergeant clearly displayed some serious bravery.
After the collision, the officer had to break the driver’s window in order to turn off the vehicle. He also called emergency medical personnel, who were able to help the woman recover afterwards. She is now fine, fully recovered from her ordeal that could have become quite deadly.