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EPSO, Fountain PD want to thank citizens who helped with seizing driver

Citizens help in rescue

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office and the Fountain Police Department are wanting to say thank you to the citizens who helped them safely pull over a person seizing in their vehicle on Monday morning. 

According to Fountain police, two people followed law enforcement through an entire pursuit, preventing other vehicles from getting involved. 

At around 5:15 a.m., Fountain Police Department Corporal Amanda Hajdik was on her way to work when she saw a red SUV stopped against the concrete barrier on the southbound on-ramp to Interstate 25 from Martin Luther King bypass. It appeared to Hajdik that the SUV had crashed into the barrier. 

When Hajdik approached the vehicle, it sped off southbound on Interstate 25. 

The SUV was swerving all over the road and going speeds between 10 miles per hour and 40 miles per hour. At one point, the vehicle hit the concrete median, lifting it off the ground. 

Hajdik thought the driver may be under the influence and called for assistance. Another Fountain PD officer along with an El Paso County deputy responded. 

The SUV eventually slowed down enough for Hajdik to drive alongside it. That's when she noticed the driver was actively seizing. 

Both officers and the deputy pulled ahead and parked their vehicles. They jumped out, jogged alongside the car, and Hajdik jumped in the passenger seat to put the vehicle in park. 

They stayed with the victim until medical personnel arrived. 

The two citizens that helped with traffic during the pursuit left the scene before authorities could get their identification. 

"These unidentified citizens saw what was happening and immediately acted, using their cars to protect the officer’s, the deputy and ultimately the victim of the seizure from further harm," the Fountain Police Department said in a news release. "They put themselves in a dangerous situation to help not only our law enforcement officers but a citizen they didn’t know."

 


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