Officers rescue driver having medical emergency along I-696
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) - A driver has a medical emergency on major metro Detroit freeway's entrance ramp, but the story has a happy ending thanks to some quick-thinking officers.
Police in Farmington Hills got several calls early Monday morning about a car that had crashed into a utility pole along an entrance ramp to I-696 near 12 Mile and Orchard Lake roads. The officers did not realize, though that the driver was having a medical emergency.
When they approached the window, they were surprised to find the driver slumped over the steering wheel and turning blue - with his foot still on the accelerator.
"The vehicle was locked while the tires were still spinning; it was still in drive. I broke the passenger's side window with my baton and we opened the door. I put the car in park, took the keys out so now the vehicle's safe and secure. Officer South and I pulled him out to the ground and she started CPR," says Officer Nick West.
"You feel good that you helped somebody, and then we felt even better when the paramedics showed up so they could do even more advanced skills, and it was defeinitley a good feeling. We're really glad that he's doing well," says Officer Lindsey South.
The driver was taken to the hospital. We're not sure what his exact medical condition was, but the officers say they believe he'll be all right.