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Florida detective rescues driver after rollover crash (video)

Posted at 12:40 PM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 12:40:49-05

(WFLA/NBC News) A Florida police officer's personal dash cam captured his heroic actions immediately after a recent rollover crash.

Brooksville Detective Tracey Schofield was driving behind an SUV when it was struck by another car turning into traffic.

Instinctively, Detective Schofield stopped his cruiser, jumped out of the car and ran to the aid of the 74-year-old driver.

"She was screaming obviously...in pain, and she's asking for help," he remembered.

Schofield jumped on top of the overturned vehicle and got into a safe position where he was able to reach in and assist the female driver who was tangled and dangling from her seat belt.

"The vehicle was resting on its passenger side so she was trapped in her vehicle hanging on the steering wheel trying to keep the weight off, so what I did, I was able to partially climb in through the broken window, get my left arm up underneath her body, and then wrap my right arm up around her head," he said.

Just then another police officer smashed the windshield to also help the victim.  Schofield held on to the victim for 25 minutes until firefighters were able to cut the victim out.

 WFLA reports the driver of the SUV is recovering from several broken ribs, cuts and bruises and the driver of the PT Cruiser was cited for careless driving.

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