Dash-cam video: Driver on cell phone hits police car
Oklahoma City, OK (CNN) — "Make sure you keep your seatbelt on..."
A routine traffic stop is about to go terribly wrong.
"By the grace of God we're lucky we didn't lose an officer that day" said Chief Brandon Clabes. An incredible crash involving a midwest city police seargeant.
He pulled his car over for a seatbelt violation when he turned to see a woman on her cell phone headed straight for him. Chief Clabes said, "He saw her on her phone, that's how he knew she wasn't going to stop."
As the video is slowed down, you can see the moment of impact. As the video drops out, the officer is leaping toward the curb. Chief Clabes said, "Had he been pinned between those cars it would have been a serious injury or even death."
It happened along a busy road, Air Depot, just south of Reno in Midwest City.
The pictures show the incredible damage to both the officers car and the car which caused the accident.
Two people were transported to the hospital, but the officer was not one of them.
Midwest City Police say this is a frightening reminder of why you should never use your cell phone while driving. "It's all because someone was on their phone or texting."
The woman behind the wheel was ticketing for inattentive driving and taken to the hospital.
Thankfully, there were no serious injuries, but it's likely the driver won't make the same mistake again.