Dramatic bodycam footage shows a police officer leaping off a freeway ramp to avoid being hit by a suspected drunk driver in Houston. "I know if I would have froze the auto would have taken my life and I wouldn't be here today".
Officer Roshad Carter avoided serious injury after getting struck by a drunk driver.. The headlights were facing right on me.
"'I saw a auto driving around the engine I guess trying to exit the freeway but it wasn't slowing down, so I just yelled out, 'Watch out",' he told Click 2 Houston. "I had less than a second to react to the situation", Carter told KPRC.
Houston Police Department released the video of the incident on Thursday.
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With nowhere to run, Carter jumped over the side of the freeway as the auto struck his leg.
After the accident in July, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said he planned to crack down on drunk driving in the city and businesses that violate the liquor laws, adding Texas led the country in the number of deaths caused from drunk driving.
"One of the things that concerns us".
"Drunk driving is a selfish act", Debora said Thursday afternoon. Acevedo hoped that, in addition to underscoring the dangers of drunk driving, the footage would teach other motorists to move their auto off of the freeway after a crash. Carter did not realize how high he was above the ground. "I was able to reach out to the concrete wall and propel myself over the concrete wall there".
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"I could not feel my arms". Carter let out a gut-wrenching scream as he went over the side of the freeway, and continued screaming in pain from the grassy area beneath the roadway where he landed on his back. He also sprained both his ankles. "He is not paralyzed and is expected to recover", his mother said.
The driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Bianca Bennett, has been charged with intoxication assault, a felony. Carter has been on the force for about seven years.
Another officer at the scene, Carlos Herrera, also jumped off the freeway to avoid the vehicle.
Herrera also jumped to avoid the vehicle, but suffered minor injuries and is now back on his job. She has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond.
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Carter and Herrera jumped off the freeway ramp 16 feet to the ground below.