ROSEVILLE, Mich. (CNN/WDIV) — Two police officers were nearly killed when a car lost control on an icy Michigan highway. It’s a good thing that the officer has such good reflexes, and the dashcam video serves as a great reminder that when it is icy, drivers need to slow down.
St. Clair Shore Police Officer Jason Stachel and his partner are blocking off Interstate 94 near Little Mack Road. The ice-covered roads mean an accident is around the bend. In the video, you hear a screech – and coming is a guy behind the wheel of a Jeep. He’s going way too fast for conditions and nearly plows right into the police, nearly crushing Stachel.
“One of my co-workers is actually trying to stop the car,” said St. Clair Shores Police Officer Jason Stachel. “He’s throwing his hands up, and then when that didn’t work, he turns around and yells, ‘Look out!'”
With his adrenaline pumping, Stachel first checks on the driver of the Jeep — a younger driver whose first words were that his dad was going to kill him for crashing his Jeep. Once he realized the driver was OK, the reality that he could have been killed sets in.
“Both myself and my partner ran up to the car to see if the driver was OK,” said Stachel. “I didn’t even think about myself until 10-15 minutes later when my partner says, ‘You almost died.’ That’s when you start to think about things.”
The plummeting temperatures mean there is ice everywhere, and as the monster wreck on I-94 near Battle Creek showed everyone that you can lose control in an instant if you’re going too fast and not paying attention to conditions.
“Pay attention to the conditions of the road. If you see a lot of cars with brake lights on, there’s probably a reason; there’s something going on up ahead,” said Stachel. “Everybody is in a hurry to get where they want to go, but that three minutes could have been a life somewhere.”
Believe it or not, in addition to the St. Clair Shores officer, there was a Michigan State Police trooper who was hit not once but twice on the same night. That trooper is reportedly OK.