Grandview officer seen on dashcam video saving driver’s life after driver flees traffic stop, rolls vehicle over

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GRANDVIEW, Mo. -- Police are crediting one of their officers with helping save the life of a man who had been trying to get away from them.

The incident was captured on the police cruiser dashcam.

Officer Chris Golubski

Officer Chris Golubski

One moment Officer Chris Golubski was pursuing a vehicle that posed a potential threat, the next, he was working frantically to save the driver's life

Dashcam video shows the officer trying to make a traffic stop Sunday near Highway 150 and East Outer Road. The vehicle initially speeds away from police, then begins to fishtail and lose control. The SUV then rolled up onto the nearby 71-Highway and ejected the driver.

The video shows the moment Golubski approached the vehicle, not knowing if the driver posed a danger. Once at the vehicle, Golubski found the driver nearby in a ditch gasping for air.

"Everything is fluid out here," Grandview Police Sgt. Dean Van Winkle said. "Everything moves pretty quick and changes rapidly with whatever we are doing. But in this case just within seconds he was in a law enforcement role trying to do that job and then obviously things changed drastically and he went into a life saving role and we feel he did an outstanding job."

Golubski performed chest compressions on the man, and a nurse, who witnessed the crash, helped him. You can hear the driver struggling with the officer on the recording as he tried to help him until paramedics arrived.

For Golubski, this is all part of the job, and he didn't want to draw attention to actions officers must perform, but some find extraordinary.


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