Officer Roshad Carter was working a crash scene with other officers on U.S. 59 near Newcastle just before 3 a.m. on July 28 when they heard screeching tires behind them. Carter turned to face the headlights of a car speeding straight toward him. With nowhere to run, Carter jumped over the side of the freeway as the car struck his leg. He fell 16 feet to the ground below, where he screamed in pain.
Carter narrowly missed landing on concrete, but was still knocked unconscious. When he came to, he could not feel his arms or legs. At the hospital, doctors discovered he had broken two bones in his back and injured his spinal cord. He also sprained both his ankles. Despite the severity of his injuries, Carter is expected to recover.
A seven-year veteran, he is assigned to the department's DWI task force.
Another officer at the scene, Carlos Herrera, also jumped off the freeway to avoid the car. Herrera sustained minor injuries and is back at work.
The driver of the car, 25-year-old Bianca Bennett, has been charged with intoxication assault, a felony. She has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond.