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WFPD officer expected to make full recovery after patrol car hit by truck

Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 6:52 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Police officers stopped along highways can find themselves in very uneasy and terrifying situations. Wichita Falls Police Department Sgt. Charlie Eipper said pulling someone over on the road can be more frightening than answering a domestic violence call.

An accident on Sunday along a highway left a Wichita Falls police officer with minor injures but it could have been a lot worse. Sgt. Eipper said the officer, Tristan Dozier, is okay but a little sore.

Dave Ruhe, owner of Drive Rite Driving School, said the key to driving is paying attention. Unfortunately, a driver wasn’t following this rule when they hit Dozier.

“People don’t realize the amount of damage a 2,000 or 4,000 pound vehicle can do when you’re doing 75 miles an hour,” said Ruhe.

“Then there was one driver who didn’t know when people were getting over and he was getting frustrated evidently, in a hurry, so he went over to the right lane and didn’t have enough time to stop before hitting the police unit,” said Eipper.

“It’s very interesting that police cars get hit a lot and part of that is because of how bright their lights really are. It’s sorta like a moth being drawn into a backyard porch light,” said Ruhe.

Ruhe said the number one cause of accidents are cell phone use; texting while driving kills as many as 4,500 people a year. As for Dozier, he’s a little hurt but is expected to make a full recovery soon.

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