Spring, TX (KHOU/CNN) – A police officer in Texas put himself in danger to protect the public from a wrong-way driver on an interstate highway.
The intense situation was all caught on the officer’s patrol car dashboard camera.
“I’m not a hero,” Shenandoah Police Dept. Sergeant Gary Sharpen
What Sgt. Sharpen calls just another night on the job, the rest of us might call one hell of a ride.
“We got the call. Sgt. Jenkins, I heard that there was a wrong way driver,” Sgt. Sharpen said.
A wrong way driver speeding down I-45 at close to a hundred miles an hour, fast approaching Shenandoah police headquarters.
The sergeant says he had no time to think that night, only to act. So he immediately raced to the front of the northbound traffic, placing himself in harm’s way to protect the other drivers.
The dashcam video shows Sgt. Sharpen swerving left to right, bringing traffic to a stop.
“The only thing I could do was protect the people behind me. And I figured I was going to have to take one for the team,” Sgt. Sharpen said. “I knew that hopefully the Lord was going to watch out for me.”
Maybe he did.
Because the speeding car came to a screeching halt, then head back the other way. After several tense minutes, the driver finally pulled over.
And then came the biggest surprise of all. A DPS trooper reached in and pulled out a small child.
“And then I saw the other kid come out of the back seat. Two small babies. And I was furious at that point,” Sgt. Sharpen said.
Furious at a guy who had put people in harm’s way, including his own kids. Police charged Jose Zavalija with DWI, evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
“And I felt relief that this ended the way it did,” Sgt. Sharpen said.
Zavalija was held on a $125,000 bond.