(NEXSTAR) – A police officer nicknamed “Roadrunner” helped a motorist avoid a disaster on a New York road earlier this month.
On May 14, officers including Joe Cavalleri of Tonawanda Police responded to reports of a car colliding with other vehicles and running red lights, sometimes on the wrong side of the road. Police ordered the driver to pull over, but the elderly motorist was unresponsive.
Officers later learned the driver was suffering from a medical emergency, the department posted on Facebook.
In video from one of the cruiser’s dash cameras, several police vehicles can be seen driving alongside the elderly motorist’s slow-moving vehicle. Officer Cavalleri is then seen sprinting towards the car, eventually reaching the driver’s door.
Once the door is unlocked, Officer Cavalleri enters the moving car and uses his foot to slam on the brakes.
Tonawanda police were not immediately available to share further details or comment on the elderly driver’s condition. People on Facebook, meanwhile, were grateful for Officer Cavalleri’s actions.
“Thank God they [were] able to stop this,” wrote one viewer.
“Good job!!! You saved him and many more,” another user wrote.
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