A routine traffic stop in Fairfax County, Virginia turned into a heart-stopping moment when a 17-year-old driver lost control of his BMW while driving at 120 mph in a 50 mph speed zone, as seen in a dashcam video.
The occurrence took place on May 1 and transpired quickly. Fortunately, all individuals involved were unharmed.
A split-second escape
At the start of the dashcam video, a police officer is performing a seemingly standard traffic stop. The officer is positioned on the passenger side of a car, most likely examining a traffic infraction. Unexpectedly, a BMW M3, appearing as a small black dot, appears in the frame at an astounding velocity.
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The high-performance vehicle loses control, veering into a turn and crossing over the median with its back end in the lead.
The officer’s sharp intuition springs into action as he becomes aware of the imminent threat. With impressive accuracy, he swiftly moves towards his patrol car, narrowly avoiding the crash. The fast-moving M3 crashes into the stationary vehicle, causing it to spin. The car also grazes the officer’s leg and propels him down the road. However, the officer promptly jumps over the guardrail and summons for assistance.
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The footage also includes audible expressions of discomfort. However, it is not definitively known if these vocalizations came from the M3 or the person in the halted vehicle. Thankfully, everyone involved escaped with relatively minor harm, only sustaining minor injuries. Medical professionals later released them, indicating that they were recovering well.
A tool for preparing for safety in the future.
Kevin Davis, the Police Chief of Fairfax County, stated that he plans to use this video for training purposes. He praised the officer for choosing to approach the stopped vehicle from the passenger side and for his quick response time.
Davis expressed his sense of relief, mentioning that the officer was simply grateful to still be alive and hopefully taking it easy at home with a lottery ticket in his possession.
The 17-year-old driver was charged by the police for driving recklessly. Instagram was abuzz with discussions about the driver’s total inability to control the vehicle. Some users even remarked, “He didn’t lose control, he never had it in the first place,” while others focused on his clear lack of drifting abilities.
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