North Carolina trooper Cody Thao uses own car to stop suspected drunk driver Joshua Bibey

North Carolina trooper Cody Thao uses own car to stop suspected drunk driver Joshua Bibey

A North Carolina State Freeway Patrol trooper is being credited for saving lives by placing his personal life on the road to cease a suspected drunk driver from getting into an interstate going the improper method.

North Carolina State Freeway Patrol mentioned Trooper Cody Thao used his personal patrol automobile as a barrier to cease the motive force who was rushing up an exit ramp the improper method. The dramatic crash was caught on dashcam video.

Police mentioned Trooper Thao was known as in to assist with a pursuit within the early morning hours of April 8. Simply because the trooper arrived, the pursuit arrived onto the I-40 eastbound ramp to Rock Quarry Highway in Wake County. The suspect began driving the improper method on the ramp.

The video reveals Trooper Thao deliberately drive his personal automobile into the trail of the suspected drunk driver to cease him from getting into the interstate going the improper method. Amazingly, the trooper was not injured.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Trp. Thao and his fast resolution to cease the improper method driver, his actions most undoubtedly saved lives,” Colonel Freddy L. Johnson, Jr., commander of the North Carolina State Freeway Patrol, mentioned in an announcement. “His willingness to place himself in hurt’s method is consultant of the lifesaving work our members do every day. Putting others earlier than ourselves is not only a saying amongst the regulation enforcement occupation, it’s a actuality of what we do for the betterment of the communities we serve.” 

We’re taking you thru this wild video put out at this time by @NCSHP tonight with the trooper whose motion saved lives.Cody Thao: “All of the credit score goes out to the opposite troopers who encourage me each day particularly right here in Wake County” #abc11 #ncshp pic.twitter.com/PRwF9TwauE

— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) Might 5, 2022

Trooper Thao advised Fox 12 he didn’t even take into consideration how he may very well be significantly injured till afterward.

“As soon as I noticed the car, I simply determined to cease the chase proper there,” Thao mentioned. “That is what we signed as much as do, that is what we agreed to do.”

He added, “All of the credit score goes out to the opposite troopers who encourage me each day particularly right here in Wake County.”

Trooper Cody Thao approaches the car rushing within the improper path.NC Dept of Public Security/flickr

Footage reveals Trooper Thao drive his personal automobile into the trail of the drunk driver to cease when he noticed the suspect was about to go the improper method. NC Dept of Public Security/flickr

Thao has been with the North Carolina State Freeway Patrol for lower than a 12 months.

“Earlier than that, I really labored at a Tractor Provide,” he mentioned. “I don’t have any prior expertise with regulation enforcement. I’ve at all times had a servant’s coronary heart, and I’ve at all times wished to assist individuals.”

The suspect, Joshua Ray Bibey, 26, was arrested and charged with driving whereas impaired.

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