In many car accidents involving a drunk driver, a police officer comes to the aid of a citizen hurt in a wreck. However, in a recent Virginia drunk driving accident, the reverse occurred. An officer from Fairfax County was knocked-out when an allegedly drunk driver crashed into his police car on March 11. Three people, whom authorities are calling good samaritans, assisted the officer during the frightening incident. The trio was later thanked in a ceremony given by Fairfax County police.
The trouble started when a man and his daughter witnessed a driver, who appeared to be impaired, drive onto Interstate 66. The busy highway borders the northern edge of Fairfax. According to the witness, the woman behind the wheel sped up to 80 or 90 miles per hour, well above the interstate’s speed limit. The witnesses called 911 after the driver experienced several near-misses with other cars and a semi-truck.
The witnesses found an officer on patrol and alerted him to the driver. The officer accidentally pulled-over the wrong car, though; that vehicle had been forced to drive erratically in order to avoid the policeman’s real target. Even worse, the policeman was hit by the actual suspect when he was stopped near the roadside. His car was struck and moved almost 80 feet due to the impact. Fortunately, one of the good samaritans pulled-over to help, pulling the injured officer from his damaged car.
Drunk driving accidents can produce many victims, even officers of the law who receive injuries during a traffic stop. Good samaritans, as well as passengers riding inside the drunk driver’s vehicle, can also be hurt. In this case, police discovered a small child riding in the drunk driving suspect’s car. That accident victim received life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash. Anyone injured by a drunk driver in Virginia should investigate the benefits of legal help immediately, as the cost of medical treatment continues to skyrocket.
Source: FairfaxCity Patch, “Citizens rescue Fairfax police officer hit by drunk driver,” Mary C. Stachyra, April 6, 2013