Randy McIlwain, NBCDFW.com
Irving officer hits vehicle driven by suspected drunk driver on Loop 12 to stop it.
An Irving officer is being hailed as a hero after crashing his patrol car into the car of a man suspected of drunken driving to prevent a wrong-way crash early Monday morning.
Police released video Tuesday of a car driving south in the northbound lanes of Loop 12 at about 2 a.m. Monday, with oncoming traffic doing everything they could to avoid the car.
Irving police said the incident called for some off-script thinking of its chase policy. Finding the driver was a challenge, because officers couldn't immediately follow him going the wrong way on a major roadway.
Some officers blocked intersections to minimize the flow of traffic, while others got out ahead to warn other drivers. Most officers road parallel to the vehicle in the opposite lane, trying to keep a spotlight on the car and lights and sirens blaring to alert oncoming traffic of danger.
Stop sticks deflated the vehicle's tires, but the driver kept going. He was traveling slower -- at about 20 mph -- when the officer made his move.
The officer, who was driving in the correct direction, crashed his vehicle into the car.
Irving Police called the move "gutsy" and said it likely saved lives. The department has not released the name of the officer.