Video: Texas officer nearly hit by car during traffic stop

A Texas police officer is counting his blessings after he was nearly struck by a vehicle


By Police1 Staff

SOUTHLAKE, Texas — A Texas police officer is counting his blessings after he was nearly struck by a vehicle while working a traffic stop.

KDFW reports that motorcycle Officer Albert Hernandez was working a traffic stop Tuesday morning when another vehicle being pulled over came within feet of striking him. The vehicle reportedly was pulling over for another officer, but the driver didn’t see that Hernandez was already on the shoulder of the highway with his emergency lights on.

The dashcam video from the second motorcycle officer shows how close the car came to hitting Hernandez. 

 

One of the greatest dangers that police officers face is being run over. This morning, one of our Southlake police motorcycle officers was nearly hit by another vehicle being pulled over. A reminder on this #lawenforcementapppreciationday, please be aware of your surroundings.

Posted by Southlake DPS on Tuesday, January 9, 2018


“The driver of the vehicle pulling over didn't see the lights of the first motorcycle,” Southlake Police Chief James Brandon said. “And there was a truck in front of that driver that didn't obey the move-over law and somewhat blocked her view from Officer Hernandez."

Hernandez said he never saw the car coming until it was about six to eight feet away from him. He credited his training for sparing him from injury.

"When we initiate contacts on the highway, we use the passenger door,” Hernandez explained. “Clearly, if I had been on the driver’s side, she would have hit me without a doubt."

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