Dash-cam footage: Midwest City police officer averts danger when distracted driver plows into patrol car

Police Sgt. Brad Rummell said he was inches from serious injury, or even death, after a traffic stop took a turn for the worst.
by Kyle Fredrickson Modified: April 9, 2014 at 11:28 pm •  Published: April 10, 2014

Brad Rummell had two options as a white sedan barreled toward him on the shoulder of a busy Midwest City street.

Jump to the left and risk being crushed between two cars. Jump to the right and risk being hit by oncoming traffic, possibly causing multiple car accidents.

Rummell jumped left, a decision that seemingly saved his life. The crash was recorded on his patrol car’s dash camera.

About 9 a.m. April 2, Rummell, a Midwest City police sergeant, was making a traffic stop in the 300 block of S Air Depot. After issuing a warning to a driver not wearing a seat belt, Rummell made the turn back toward his patrol car.

It’s a short walk he’s made thousands of times in his 24 years as a patrolman. But this walk was nearly his last.

A woman, 35, driving northbound in a white sedan was on her cellphone and drifting off the road in the right lane. Rummell made a split-second decision to jump through the space in between his patrol car and the car he pulled over, and then out of harm’s way.

How close did Rummell come to being pinned between the two vehicles?

“It was definitely inches,” he said.

The patrol car and the white sedan were both totaled. The woman in the white sedan, who was ticketed for distracted driving, and the person inside the parked vehicle were hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said. Rummell was not injured.

Brandon Clabes, Midwest City’s police chief, said the distracted driver was going about 35 to 40 mph upon impact. A GPS tracker in the patrol car indicated it moved about 10 mph forward from the push.

by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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Had he been in the front, it probably would have crushed him. And most likely at least cause serious injury, maybe even death.”

Brandon Clabes,
Midwest City police chief

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