A Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Deputy jumped out of the way of an accused drunk driver during a traffic stop barely avoiding a disaster.
The dash cam video shows the deputy walking back to his patrol car on Bammel North Houston late Monday night when a car hit his and another car. The deputy was working the "Impaired Driver Initiative" that runs through New Year's Day.
"He had a driver pulled over on traffic. At which time a drunk driver collided into the rear of his patrol car," said. Asst. Chief Mark Herman. He told Local 2, "In my 28 years, I have never seen a video such as that. This is just a reality check for us to realize how difficult the men and women of law enforcement's job is. Very, very dangerous out there on a mere traffic stop. And here a drunk driver comes and collides into your vehicle.”
The suspect's car plowed into the deputy's patrol car, hitting the car in front. The deputy was working a traffic stop when his car was hit.
George Perez, Jr. is charged with intoxication assault. Deputies said this was his second DWI offense, which made this a third degree felony. His bond was set at $10,000
Herman said, "Luckily the man upstairs was looking out for us and Corp Hales was alert and took evasive action and basically jumped into oncoming traffic. Luckily there wasn't a car coming."
The deputy and the driver, who was initially pulled over, were taken to the hospital. Both were expected to be okay.
Herman said this is the third patrol car that Precinct 4 Constable Office has had hit while deputies were out doing their jobs.