FOREST HILL (CBSDFW.COM) – A man later arrested for drunk driving smashed into a Forest Hill police car Thursday, narrowly missing officers who were out helping a stranded motorist.
It happened Thursday night on Southeast Loop 820 near Anglin Drive as officers responded to a vehicle that had become disabled on the freeway.
“They had pushed the vehicle to the shoulder and were awaiting the arrival of a wrecker, when another vehicle drove around their patrol cars, narrowly missing the officers and citizens on the shoulder,” Forest Hill police said on their Facebook page. “The vehicle did seriously damage one of the patrol cars on the scene.”
Captain Jerry Cozby said the driver missed hitting two people and three officers by inches.
“The suspect cut between one of the parked squad cars and the disabled vehicle and they were able to get out of the way,” said Cozby.
Cozby said he’s almost been hit several times on the job.
“It’s terrifying. When you think your life could end… it’s very scary to think about,” said Cozby.
The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Cedric Keith Henson Jr., was arrested at the scene on a charge of driving while intoxicated and was taken to jail.
Police said no one was hurt.
“Our department and the citizens with us that night were very fortunate that this didn’t turn out tragically for them and the only damage done was to two vehicles,” said Cozby.
There was no estimate Sunday on damage to the vehicles that were hit.