MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (NBC/KFOR) — A police officer on a traffic stop near Oklahoma City is lucky to be alive after a distracted driver veered off the road at full speed, crashed into his patrol car, and narrowly missed hitting him.
The officer’s car was totaled, but fortunately, he was able to walk away unharmed.
“By the grace of God, we’re lucky we didn’t lose an officer that day,” said Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes.
It’s an incredible crash involving a Midwest City police sergeant.
He pulled over a car for a seat belt violation when he turned to see a woman on her cell phone headed straight for him.
“He saw her on her phone,” said Clabes. “That’s how he knew she wasn’t going to stop.”
As the video is slowed down, you can see the moment of impact. Just as the video drops out, the officer is leaping toward the curb.
“Had he been pinned between those cars, it would have been serious injury or even death,” said Clabes.
It happened along a busy road — Air Depot just south of Reno in Midwest City.
Pictures show the incredible damage to both the officer’s patrol car and the car which caused the wreck.
Two people were taken to the hospital, but the officer was not one of them.
Midwest City police say this is a frightening reminder of why you should never use your cell phone while driving.
“It’s all because someone was on their phone or texting,” said Clabes.
Police cited the 35-year-old driver who caused the crash for inattentive driving. She was taken to the hospital with what police say were minor injuries.