A suspected drunk driver was found passed out behind the wheel in the middle of a San Diego freeway Friday morning, placing the driver and other drivers in imminent danger of a crash. A dramatic rescue of the unconscious woman ensued, and it was all caught on tape.
The dramatic rescue occurred around 1 a.m. on northbound Interstate 805 at Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. According to California Highway Patrol officials, the driver, 25-year-old A. M. Morgan stopped her black Chrysler Sebring in the middle of the freeway, with her engine still running.
When CHP officers approached the suspect’s vehicle, she appeared to be unconscious, according to CHP Officer Albert Udan. As one of the officers urgently tried to rouse the woman, pounding on the windows, she wouldn’t wake up.
The Sebring’s doors were locked and the windows rolled up. Meanwhile, traffic sped by at 65, 70, and even 80 miles per hour as other drivers swerved to avoid colliding with the Sebring.
Windows Smashed in Rescue Maneuver
After the CHP officer pounded on the windows, the car began rolling forward. When all attempts to rouse the suspect failed, Udan’s partner, Officer Sergio Flores had no choice but to smash the passenger side window with his flashlight to get the unconscious woman out of the vehicle.
You can hear Flores on the video telling the woman to stop her vehicle because she was going to crash.
According to Udan, smashing the windows was a last resort. Once the windows were smashed, the officer was able to gain control of the vehicle and get the woman to safety. Udan explained that the car was an extreme danger to traffic.
Once the suspect was safely removed from the car, Flores was able to gain control of the vehicle, drive it out of traffic and shift it into park. Footage from the scene found an empty bottle of vodka visible on the floorboard.
M. Morgan eventually woke up, and was able to exit her vehicle and walk over to the side of the freeway where she was quickly cuffed. She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.