Watch: Officer avoids disaster by inches thanks to partner’s quick reflexes

Luckily, her partner was facing the road and acted just in time


By Suzie Ziegler 

GATE CITY, Va. — A Virginia police officer narrowly escaped severe injury last week thanks to her partner’s lightning-quick reaction. 

Jaw-dropping video shared by Gate City Police shows Officers Matthew Stewart and Jessica McGraw standing next to their squad car moments before disaster strikes. While the officers are speaking, McGraw has her back to the road. That’s when a vehicle from the opposite lane smashes into their cruiser, pushing it toward the officers. Except the officers aren’t there anymore.  

Just in time, Stewart grabs McGraw and pulls her away as the squad car whips around. 

“It is my belief the quick actions of Officer Stewart not only saved himself from serious bodily injury or death but also that of Officer McGraw,” said Police Chief Justin Miller in a statement. 

According to police, Stewart reported a minor leg injury but is expected to return to regular duty. 

The driver of the car was issued a citation for failure to properly control their vehicle, police said.

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