DALLAS (CBS11) – A North Texas dad is grateful to the Dallas Police Department after he says an officer’s squad car saved his life during a DWI crash.

Nate Brinkley is giving thanks to an officer who was at the right place at the right time.

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“All I know is I’m so grateful [the officer] was there because we would’ve taken the impact, and my 14-month-old is safe because the officer took the impact. A lot of serendipity there,” said Brinkley.

Last Friday, just before 8:30 p.m., Brinkley was driving through the intersection of Lovers Lane and Skillman Street.

He noticed a Dallas police car next to him and then he says he “heard the roaring of an engine.”

DPD car damaged in crash

Police say a suspected drunk driver ran the red light. The aftermath of the collision shows Brinkley’s car slightly damaged and the officer’s car in pieces.

The squad car was t-boned and clipped Brinkley’s SUV.

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“It was pretty surreal. You see all this damage, but I didn’t really feel anything,” said Brinkley.

He didn’t want to show his daughter, but he says the accident is a parent’s worst nightmare.

“I’m pretty angry that people make the decision to drink and drive. You never know if you get in an accident, who’re you’re going to hit. Is it a child?” said Brinkley.

The Dallas Police Department has not released the officer’s name, but says they were taken to the hospital with a minor injury. Brinkley is hoping to meet his guardian angel soon.

“I’d like to say thank you in person. And let [them] meet my daughter,” said Brinkley.

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Police say the suspect was arrested for driving while intoxicated.