A quick-thinking Virginia cop saved a fellow officer from a careening car that crashed into a police vehicle — pulling her to safety just seconds before impact, intense video shows.
The 13-second clip released Wednesday by Gate City police shows Officer Matthew Stewart reacting with superhero-like reflexes to pull Officer Jessica McGraw away from the white car that slammed into a police SUV Sunday on Highway 23.
Stewart was talking with McGraw on the side of the roadway about a driver’s license status when the white vehicle traveling in the other direction lost control and crossed the median, slamming into McGraw’s police SUV, video shows.
The impact sent the SUV spinning toward the officers, but McGraw “caught a glimpse” of the vehicle and pulled his colleague to safety “within a moment’s notice,” Police Chief Justin Miller said in a statement.
“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,” Miller said
Both cops escaped without serious injuries, although McGraw had a pain in his leg afterward, saying the limb “went numb like I had a bad charley horse,” Miller said.
The brush guard of McGraw’s police SUV appeared to hit Stewart’s leg as he pulled his colleague to safety. Both cops are expected to return to duty, the police chief said.
The driver of the white car, meanwhile, was issued a citation for failing to maintain proper control of the vehicle.