Dashcams are required to be present in police vehicles for both the safety of the officers and the general public while local authorities are on patrol. Although the footage taken is often limited to driving and run-of-the-mill traffic stops, sometimes a shocking moment is caught live on film.
In an exclusive recap and clip obtained by OK! from the Reelz police ride-along series On Patrol: Live, a driver is seen speeding towards a Lincoln County, Colorado, Sheriff’s cruiser while going the wrong way down a dark road at roughly 75 miles per hour.
"This is him. I'm gonna try to get him to stop here," the officer is heard in the clip. "And if I have to, I'll just crash into him right here."
The unsettling footage reveals the deputy's quick thinking and terrifying decision to use his own car to block the approaching vehicle. Despite being injured, the officer is able to radio in to dispatch for back up after the horrifying crash.
On Patrol: Live host Sean "Sticks" Larkin later discusses the wild moment with the deputy who survived the crash, Michael Hutton.
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Footage like this goes to show the true importance of dashcam footage, whether it is used for future law enforcement training purposes, accountability for the officers or as evidence in a crime.
Other episodes of On Patrol: Live take a deep dive into the work of police and sheriff's deputies all over the United States through the unique video taken while on the job, as Larkin, who is a retired police sergeant, provides an insider perspective on the clips.