TORONTO – A Brentwood, Tennessee police officer said he had to make a split-second decision on how to stop a driver going the wrong way down a major highway last Thursday.
The result was this: a head-on crash between the officer’s cruiser and the wrong-way driver, all caught on the dashboard camera.
Metro Nashville police contacted Brentwood PD at 3:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a driver speeding the wrong way down Interstate-65.
Brentwood police spotted the vehicle travelling at high speeds near Concord Road in Brentwood, and radioed ahead to Officer Cliff Thompson, who was north of the wrong-way driver.
Thompson spotted the driver and attempted to use his patrol car to force her into the concrete median. But with the driver showing no signs of stopping, Thompson said he was forced to make a quick decision, as traffic had been stopped just a little further up the highway.
So he aimed his cruiser directly at the oncoming vehicle – and held on tight.
Both Thompson and the other driver, 59-year-old Sandra Sharpe of Nashville, Tennessee, were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and say charges against the driver are pending.