NC police officer stops wrong-way driver with his car
VASS, N.C. — The N.C. State Highway Patrol says a Vass police officer risked his life to stop a wrong-way driver.
According to WTVD, investigators said the Vass Police Department got a call about a careless and reckless driver headed northbound in the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 1 near the intersection of Main Street.
Officer Andrew Schofield Jr. spotted the car around 8:30 p.m.
“I seen the vehicle in my lane and I put on my lights, and at that time I come to a stop and I see the vehicle was not going to stop, so I made a split second decision to stay in the lane and stop her from hitting someone else, or someone getting killed last night,” Schofield said.
Schofield turned on his blue lights and used his patrol car to block the road, but the wrong-way driver plowed into him head on.
Officer Schofield was taken to Moore Regional Hospital and was treated and released.
He is being praised by many for putting his own life on the line to save others, but he says he was just doing his job.
Troopers said the wrong-way driver, Donna Lee Kramer, 63, was taken by helicopter to UNC-Chapel Hill.
Officials said Kramer may have suffered some kind of medical problem before the crash.