MATTAWAN, Mich. (WOOD) — Dash camera video shows how close a Mattawan officer was to being hit when a passing car slammed into his police cruiser on Christmas.
The crash happened on Interstate 94 at 11:52 p.m. Monday, according to Mattawan Police Chief Scott Herbert.
The video shows the officer driving east on I-94 through considerable snowfall, making it difficult to see. The dashcam is still rolling as the officer pulls onto the shoulder of the highway near mile marker 66, closes his door and walks toward the scene of the crash.
Moments later, it hits. The officer escaped serious injury or death by just seconds.Th
Herbert says the 2014 Dodge Charger may be a total loss, but he’s thankful it wasn’t worse.
“This is a piece of equipment, so it can be replaced. But our officer can’t, so please move over,” he said.
The police department posted photos of the wrecked cruiser on its Facebook page Tuesday as a lesson to other drivers.
“When you see an emergency vehicle along our roadways please slow down and move over – it is the law. We are thankful our officer, and others, on scene were not injured,” the post read.
Michigan’s “Move Over” law requires drivers to shift into an open lane when approaching an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. If that’s not possible, drivers should pass with caution, giving as much space to emergency crews as possible.
“Slow down and be cautious,” said Herbert. “Keep your head on a swivel and look around for what’s going on, especially without losing control and being unsafe yourself. But at least slow down.”
The police chief says the driver who hit the police cruiser was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.