Metro officer recovering from accident wants to reinforce law - WKRN News 2

Metro officer recovering from accident wants to reinforce driving law

Posted: Updated: April 11, 2014 01:03 AM
Officer Nicholas Berens was injured Sunday when a driver suddenly stopped in front of him during a pursuit. Officer Nicholas Berens was injured Sunday when a driver suddenly stopped in front of him during a pursuit.
Officer Jessie Meadows said drivers need to be reminded of the failure to yield law. Officer Jessie Meadows said drivers need to be reminded of the failure to yield law.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Metro police officer who was released from the hospital following a weekend crash wants to educate drivers about the failure to yield law.

Officer Nicholas Berens left Vanderbilt University Medical Center Wednesday and is recovering at home.

Berens wants everyone to know about the failure to yield law because he said it could have spared him serious injuries.

On Sunday morning, 25-year-old Berens was rushed to Vanderbilt Medical Center after crashing into a tree on his way to help another officer in pursuit of a shooting suspect.

Police said Berens swerved to avoid a driver who suddenly stopped in front of him instead of moving to the right.
 
"It's scary because it could have been any one of us," said officer Jessie Meadows. "We all want to go home at night. We love our family just like everybody else."

Meadows, a single father of a 7-year-old, patrols the streets of south Nashville.

He's a traffic officer and has to make sure drivers are following the rules of the road.
 
"Sometimes I can work two to three crashes a day. Sometimes I can work six to seven," said Officer Meadows.

He added that getting to those crashes safely is a top concern, and people occasionally just stop in front of him instead of pulling over.

Any driver that fails to yield to an emergency vehicle could face a citation of more than $100.

The driver that stopped in front of Officer Berens drove off, and no citation was given.

Anyone with information on that driver should call Metro police at 615-862-8600.

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