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WATCH: Officer saves driver during seizure

Posted at 5:55 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 00:24:49-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Dash cam video has been released of a Tucson Police Department officer springing into action to save a woman's life in September of 2015.

Sgt. Martin Espinoza was driving along Fort Lowell and Country Club when he was flagged down by a driver and noticed a large crowd surrounding a white car at the intersection.

The woman inside was having a seizure. While she was going about 15 - 20 miles per hour, Sgt. Espinoza worried she'd hit someone so he jumped into action.

"When I pulled up next to her she wasn't reacting," Espinoza said. "She was just looking straight ahead, didn't appear to either be slowing down or staying in her lane. She was just going to continue into oncoming traffic."

Espinoza pulled his patrol car in front of the vehicle to stop it.

"The doors were locked, the windows were rolled up so we ended up breaking the rear window," Espinoza said. "Reached inside, and put the vehicle in park turned off the ignition and called paramedics."

Another officer came to assist Espinoza, and the Tucson Fire Department responded as well. Espinoza says he wasn't concerned about his own safety, thinking of the drivers and others on the road.

"You really don't have time to think about that," Espinoza said. "You have to figure our how are we going to prevent something. That's the way I look at it."

The female driver was treated on scene. No one else was injured.