Runaway tire narrowly misses officer

August 7, 2009 5:24:06 AM PDT
If you blink, you may miss it, but what happened on the Fred Hartman Bridge has a local law enforcement officer counting his blessings. It's an Eyewitness News exclusive. [SEE THE VIDEO: Dashcam video captured the close call]

The Fred Hartman Bridge connects Baytown to La Porte in east Harris County. It's the place a driver stopped to change a tire and a deputy constable stopped to help. That's when it became far from routine.

With traffic whizzing by, that driver called for assistance.

"He was nervous to change a tire without an emergency vehicle behind him," said Sergeant Matthew Davidson with the Harris County Precinct 8 Constable's Office

As you are about to see, even the craziest of things can squeeze by.

Just as the driver pulls his flat tire off the retaining wall and as Sergeant Davidson put his hand on the rail, a 200 pound wheel that broke free of an 18-wheeler flies by.

The sergeant says he never knew what hit him, but he could tell something was wrong, when he offered to help load the flat tire.

"Right at that time when he looked at me to answer, I just saw his eyes get big and he made a noise," said Sergeant Davidson.

Sergeant Davidson says somehow the 60 mile an hour tire only scuffed up his weapon and ripped a screw out of his holster.

However, if you take another look, he is actually standing in the path of the tire and only moves seconds before it scrapes by.

Needless to say, he needed some fresh air afterwards.

"I got a little sick to my stomach immediately afterwards. First thing I did when I got off the scene, I pulled my patrol car over and said a little prayer for the protections," said Sergeant Davidson.

The truck driver never stopped and it all happened to quick to figure out which truck it came from, but Sergeant Davidson as you saw is OK and still on the job.

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