Cop Jumps Off Bridge to Avoid Being Hit by Own Car

Officer in hospital after run-in with alleged drunk driver
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2014 3:24 PM CDT

When Kenneth Lewis and his partner made a routine traffic stop on a Texas bridge on Friday, they had no idea that the real danger would come from other cars behind them—including their own. Dash cam video obtained by KHOU shows the officers' patrol car barreling toward them, forcing Lewis to leap over the side of the bridge. He fell 30 feet to the rocks by the side of the Flat Bank Bayou.

Of course, the patrol car didn't move on its own. It was struck from behind by another car, driven by an allegedly drunk woman. Christie Diane Biggers, 46, a physical education teacher at a nearby elementary school, has been charged with intoxicated assault, the Houston Chronicle and WPTV report. Lewis suffered a partially ruptured aorta and a fractured pelvis, but he's in stable condition and expected to recover, reports. (More police stories.)

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