Video Shows Police Smash Window, Rescue Unconscious Man From Moving Car


Mary Rooke Commentary and Analysis Writer
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Police rescued an unconscious man from a moving car Saturday in New Jersey.

A newly released video shows New Jersey police officers rescuing a man from a moving car after he became unconscious while driving and lost control of the vehicle, according to Twitter statements and a recording posted by the South Brunswick Township Police Department.

South Brunswick police officers Justin Samuels, Gagan Chopra, Christine Harris, and Sgt. William Merkler found the driver passed out in the vehicle on Route 522. The officers appeared to use a patrol car to block the out-of-control vehicle from the main traffic areas and push it to the side of the road.

After successfully stopping the vehicle, the video shows an officer breaking the driver’s window and rescuing him from the car. South Brunswick police arrested the driver, a 28-year-old man from Scranton, Pennsylvania, on charges of driving under the influence, according to the video. (RELATED: ROOKE: Where Did All The Good Men Go?)

Along with the video, the South Brunswick Township Police Department tweeted: “Tragedy Averted- Officers Justin Samuels, Gagan Chopra, Christine Harris and Sgt. William Merkler were able to chase down an unconscious driver in a moving vehicle Saturday night. Officers eventually blocked the vehicle in, smashed the side window, an [sic] got the driver out.”

“The incident took place at 6pm as the vehicle traveled Rt 522 for approximately a half mile before officers got it stopped. The driver a 28 year old from Scranton, PA was found to be intoxicated and was arrested,” according to South Brunswick police.