It sometimes seems that no good deed goes unpunished. A Leon County Sheriff’s deputy recently learned this lesson the hard way. Deputy Chris Poole was assisting a driver whose car had broken down near the campus of Florida State University around 11:45 p.m. As he was providing assistance, he noticed a car barreling toward him.
The car, a Volkswagen Jetta, was apparently out of control and came over the median on Stadium Drive. It smashed into Poole’s patrol car, causing massive damage. In all, the car suffered a shattered window, a torn up hood and severe damage to the driver side door. Luckily, Poole saw the car coming, and was able to get out of the way. As such, he was uninjured in the incident.
The 22-year-old driver of the Jetta was arrested by the Tallahassee Police Department and charged with driving under the influence. He refused to submit to a breath, blood or urine test. However, he suffered no serious injuries in the crash.
Poole was back on duty the next day. The Sheriff’s Office said they train to keep their “head on a swivel” in situations such as helping someone who is broken down on the side of the road, and that likely saved Poole’s life. Though the job is a dangerous one, Poole says he will continue to wear his uniform proudly every day.
“It’s something you sign up for,” he said. “We enjoy doing and be able to help somebody in times of need and it’s what we’re here for.”
Though Poole and the driver he was assisting were uninjured in the wreck, these kinds of car accidents cause injury every day. If you have been injured in a DUI accident in Pensacola, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorneys at Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon today for a free consultation.