With no scars or bruises to show, two Brentwood officers are grateful they survived a close call Friday night.
“All I heard was the collision,” said Brentwood Police Officer Seth Young. “I turned my head and saw my car barreling towards the car.”
A suspected drunk driver crashed into the back of Young’s squad car, which then crashed into Officer Destin Legieza’s.
“I didn’t really have any time to react at all,” said Officer Legieza. “The car had already been pushed up towards mine, and the damage was done at that point.”
The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. Friday on Interstate 65.
The officers were helping a stranded driver with a flat tire at the time.
Neither officer was inside their vehicle.
“I look out for a second, and then I hear him shout, ‘Watch out! watch out!’” Legieza recalled.
“We know we take the risk every night going to work, but actually being that up close to something like that, you just realize how south it could’ve went,” Legieza said.
But police said it could have been avoided.
Both cars were in the HOV lane with their emergency lights flashing.
State law requires drivers to move over when an emergency vehicle is pulled over.
Someone ignored that law last week in Portland, Tennessee.
A driver hit a patrol car while the officer was on a traffic stop, missing the officer by inches.
“If you can’t move over, if there are cars that are passing you, at least slow down,” Young said.
Drivers who violate the Move Over law could pay up to $500 in fines and spend up to 30 days in jail.
The driver who hit the squad cars was arrested under suspicion of driving while impaired.
The stranded driver who the officers were helping was in the back of one the cars but was not injured.