OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – There is a super hero cop on Super Bowl Sunday in Michigan. A Wolverine State police officer risked his life to pull a teenager from a car that burst into flames early Sunday after the driver crashed into the woods in a dramatic incident captured on dashcam video.
According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. north of Pontiac. The deputy had previously spotted the automobile fly past at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
The deputy made an attempt to chase the driver, but couldn’t catch up. As a result, the driver ended up crashing into a group of trees before the car then erupted into flames.
In dashcam video, the deputy is then seen running over to the inferno and breaking the sunroof of the car to pull the 18-year-old driver from the vehicle.
“This is a reminder of the types of incidents our deputies can encounter each and every day,” Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said in a statement to FOX2 Detroit.
“While our deputy had been in pursuit of this speeding suspect, it was their first instinct to risk their own lives to save this individual from a burning vehicle. If not for the quick action of our deputies, this individual may have not survived this incident.”
The Orion Township Fire Department was called to the scene to put out the fire.
Consequently, the Sheriff’s Department did not identify the teen driver. However, the young man smelled of alcohol and marijuana when he was pulled from the vehicle. He was later taken to a hospital for treatment from a broken femur and other lacerations sustained in the collision.
Hence, authorities told FOX2 the teenager has since been released from custody, pending further investigation and blood results.