California patrol officer rescues woman passed out in moving car

SAN DIEGO, CA -- A California Highway Patrol officer smashed the window of a moving car to rescue a driver passed out behind the wheel on a San Diego freeway.

Officers found Amber Morgan, 25, stopped on the 805 Freeway near Clairemont Mesa Boulevard just before 1 a.m. Her engine was running, her windows were up and the doors were locked.

An officer woke Morgan by tapping on her window, but the car began rolling down the freeway. That's when he jumped into action and smashed the window on the passenger side.

After breaking the glass, he reached in through the window to unlock the passenger door and quickly pulled the emergency brake to stop the vehicle.

"It's an extreme danger at that point. That's why we had to resort to trying to get the vehicle to stop, because it didn't appear that she was able to," Officer Albert Udam said.

The officer involved received a minor cut on his hand.

Officers arrested Morgan on suspicion of driving under the influence. Officers found a large bottle of alcohol and other drinks in the backseat. She was being held on $2,500 bail.

Copyright © 2019 KABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.