On March 6, a state trooper in Tampa, Fla., Toni Schuck, heroically used her patrol car to stop a suspected drunk driver from crashing into runners at the Skyway 10K. (Note: the dashcam footage below is graphic.)
Local authorities were notified of the driver after she sped through traffic cones and road closures on Interstate-275. The drunk driver was headed straight toward a portion of the 10K course where thousands of runners were participating.
Schuck used her patrol vehicle to stop the speeding suspect in an almost head-on crash, as the allegedly drunk driver reached speeds upwards of 128 km/h.
The race organizers took to social media to thank the trooper, stating “On behalf of the Skyway 10K, we are beyond thankful for our law enforcement partners and the trooper who risked her life to keep our race participants safe.”
Schuck was injured in the crash, but is now recovering at home with her family.
The driver, identified as 52-year-old Kristen Kay Watts, was booked into the Manatee County Jail on a $52,000 bond. She faces charges of DUI-serious injury, two counts of DUI-property damage and two counts of reckless driving involving injury and property damage.