Officer narrowly avoids speeding vehicle on Virginia highway
A Virginia suburban police officer in Washington, DC, narrowly escaped an out-of-control car that slammed him across the median during a traffic stop – and it’s all captured on a dashcam video.
The close call on Fairfax County Parkway before noon Monday was released Tuesday by Fairfax County Police, whose chief said no one was killed or seriously injured.
“It’s just miraculous,” chef Kevin Davis said at a press conference.
An officer had a BMW 7 Series that was traveling at 73 mph in a 50 mph zone, Davis said.
He was talking to his driver on the passenger side when another BMW drove towards him, rear first, at more than 120 mph, officials said.
This BMW, a high-performance M3, collided with the larger sedan and then transformed into a Fairfax County patrol vehicle, as the video shows. The officer’s right leg appears to have been struck or grazed.
“Cool, calm and collected, he jumps over that guardrail and immediately goes on the radio,” Davis said.
Three teenagers from the M3 essentially walked away with minor injuries, and the officer and driver of the other BMW were treated at a hospital for minor injuries and released, police said.
The 17-year-old driver of the M3 was cited for alleged reckless driving, the department said.
Davis said the officer’s name would be released but wanted to give him time to process the event.
“It’s quite a story for him to tell,” Davis said. “But right now he’s just happy to be alive.”