Peace officers are routinely required to respond to an emergency as quickly as possible, knowing that the outcome of the emergency may rest in the balance. Each officer is expected to respond in a responsible manner, balancing the risks of their driving against the risk to the public posed by the call they are responding to.
That said, extreme speeds are inherently dangerous and although risks can be managed, minimized, and mitigated they never go away entirely. Few know the potential consequences better than highway patrol troopers. Dealing with those consequences is a less-than-pleasant part of the job.
When Trooper Jesus Cortez heard his radar unit screaming he couldn’t yet see the vehicle it was shrieking about, but the Jetta soon came into view and its speed was locked-in at a solid 121 miles per hour… going the opposite direction.
Normally that scenario would require an all-out sprint to catch up with the speeder, easily a few miles of driving in the low-130s if the speeder doesn’t slow down.
But in this case Trooper Cortez’s U-turn was met with a welcome and surprising response: the driver, a woman named Kari, had already pulled herself over, and the Jetta was waiting just a bit further ahead on the side of the road.
[Oh, snap! Sigh. If you’re wondering why your only your left ear gets to enjoy this video, here is an explanation: The New Mexico Department of Public Safety uses the exceptionally crappy COBAN in-vehicle recording system. When actively recording, the system sends the officer’s body mic audio to the left channel and the rear compartment mic audio to the right channel. No one gets arrested in this video, which means that keeping the right channel live only introduces weirdness with radio transmissions, so – as I often do – I silenced the right channel’s audio. Only this time I forgot to mirror the audio from the left channel. In summary, I hope your left ear enjoys this video.]
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