WATCH: Belarusian police officer protects child from being hit by a car

Belarusian police officer protects child from being hit by a car
WATCH ABOVE: Incredible close call captured on dash cam video.

Dash cam video out of Belarus captured an incredibly close call for a young boy and the police officer who tried to shield him from an oncoming car March 2.

In footage released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, a young boy is seen crossing a snowy road in Vulica Budzionnaha, followed closely behind by a police officer.

We don’t see what causes the initial incident, but the officer, identified as officer Sergei Batalko in a ministry press release, suddenly grabs the young boy ahead of him and spins around, using his own body as a shield.

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In moments, it becomes clear why, as a van slides across the centre line and strikes the officer and the young boy.

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Despite being thrown onto the hood of the van in the collision, the Ministery of Internal Affairs said the boy did not suffer any serious injuries.

Batalko suffered a severely bruised leg, but is otherwise reported to be OK.

The driver of the van has been charged  with a traffic offense under the Administrative Code of the Republic of Belarus.