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Video: Texas Officer Saves Motorists from High-Speed, Wrong-Way Vehicle

September 16, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Texas Officer Saves Motorists from High-Speed, Wrong-Way Vehicle

A quick-thinking, Texas police officer protected a string of drivers from a car going the wrong way on the highway Friday night.

Shenandoah police Sgt. Gary Sharpen started zig-zagging back and fourth on Interstate 45 northbound when the Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies called saying there was a driver headed the wrong way against traffic. 

Sharpen positioned his patrol SUV between the stopped traffic and the PT Cruiser that was reaching speeds of 100 mph.

"I knew he was coming at me and I knew there was no shoulder on the freeway," Sharpen told Click2Houston. "I knew that the traffic behind me, those people in those cars, their lives were at risk. I had to do something to protect them. I kind of put my vehicle in the lane that he was going to be at and accelerated and came to a stop at about a 45 degree angle. And I heard the car and the tires squeal from him breaking."

The driver stopped just feet from Sharpen's patrol SUV, then made a U-turn and headed north to Conroe, where he tried to evade officers and deputies. He was later stopped and arrested. An infant and a toddler were found in his car.

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Ima Leprechaun @ 9/16/2014 5:06 PM

The Sergeant is a very lucky man. The suspect high on drugs with two toddlers in his car stopped and turned around after coming up to Sergeant Sharpen zig-zagging to slow northbound traffic on Interstate 45. Thankfully the Sergeant's tactic worked and saved the public from a horrible head-on accident. Good Job Sergeant!

TheRookie @ 9/16/2014 5:56 PM

Excellent job Sgt. Keep it up. Talk about the sphincter factor. Wow!!!

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