A Virginia police officer from Fairfax County helped a 38-year-old Maryland man escape a burning car, shortly before flames consumed the entire vehicle, according to police.
The Washington Post reports that Officer Sharif Issa was returning to the police station around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 when he got a call about a car that had caught fire after crashing into a tree.
“Witnesses informed the officer that a man was still inside the car,” Fairfax County police wrote in a statement. “The officer urged the man to get out of the car but the man appeared confused and did not seem to know what was going on. The officer grabbed him by the hand and helped him get out of the car and walked him away to safety.”
The man was later charged with driving while intoxicated, and detained. Neither the driver nor Issa were injured.