A Missouri City, Texas, police officer is recovering after he was videotaped taking a 25-foot leap off a bridge during a routine traffic stop.
Rookie officer Kenneth Lewis, 39, and his partner were performing a traffic stop along Highway 6 in the suburban Houston town May 16 when Christie Biggers, 46, a local physical education teacher, lost control of her car, police said. The moving vehicle became a potential deadly weapon moments before Officer Lewis took a leap over a bridge in effort to avoid injury.
“Officer Lewis had to make a split-second decision whether to stay there and possibly be struck by the vehicle or jump over the edge,” Missouri City, Texas, Police Lt. Paul Polton told ABC News. “He elected to jump over the edge and fell approximately 25 to 30 feet.”
Police have released dash camera video of the incident taken from a patrol vehicle.
Lewis was transported to Memorial Herman Trauma Center in Houston. He suffered a partially ruptured aorta and a fractured pelvis, and doctors continued to observe the officer for other internal injuries. Lewis’ injuries could keep him in the hospital another 10 days.
The apparent driver of the vehicle that careened into Lewis and his partner’s patrol car was taken into custody shortly after the incident occurred, police said.
Biggars was charged with intoxicated assault and taken to a local county jail, then released on a bond, according to the Missouri City Police Department. She could face several years in prison if convicted of the felony.
Authorities did not know if Biggars had a lawyer and efforts to reach her for comment were unsuccessful.
Lewis is married with 5-year-old twin boys and a 3-year-old daughter. A fundhas been set up through gofundme.com to help the family.
A Facebook page has also been set up to update family and friends on Lewis’ condition.
“He is doing some testing and that is painful for him, especially since he has to move around with his broken pelvic bones,” read a message on the page. “Keep him in your prayers and thoughts.”