MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma (KFOR) – A Midwest City, Oklahoma police officer is lucky to be alive after a driver crashes into his patrol car at full speed. The officer’s dashcam was rolling when the crash happened.
The accident happened along Air Depot, just south of Reno.
The officer’s car was totaled; however, he managed to walk away unharmed.
The video shows Sergeant Brad Rummell walk up to a car he had pulled over. He tells the driver to wear their seatbelt. He then begins walking back to his patrol car. As he’s walking he notices a female driver headed straight for him. Police say the woman was on her cell phone.
Sergeant Rummell is seen running toward the curb when the crash is heard and the camera appears to fall from the dash.
Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said, “He saw her on her phone that’s how he knew she wasn’t going to stop.” Clabes said, “By the grace of God, we’re lucky we didn’t lose an officer that day.”
Clabes says one of the things which could have saved the sergeant’s life was the way he had parked. Officers are trained to turn their wheels to the left, away from the curb, any time they are pulled up on a traffic stop.
Clabes said, “In this case, it’s probably what saved his life or prevented him from being hurt. It shot it (the car) at an angle instead of going straight forward.”
The car narrowly missed Sergeant Rummell. In fact, had his wheels not been turned he likely would have been pinned between the police car and the vehicle he had pulled over.
Clabes said, “Had he been pinned between those cars it would have been serious injury or even death.”
Two people were transported to the hospital following the accident. Sergeant Rummell was not one of them.
The 35 year old, female driver was ticket for inattentive driving.