WATCH: North Texas police officer uses Heimlich maneuver to save choking woman on I-20
Body camera and dash cam video released by the Mansfield Police Department this week shows an officer providing life-saving aid to a woman who was choking behind the wheel on Interstate 20 in North Texas.
On Jan. 13, Mansfield Officer Chad Stevens was traveling east on I-20 near Anglin Road when he saw a white SUV traveling in the left lane with its hazard lights on, the department said in a news release Thursday. Stevens turned on his emergency lights and stopped behind the SUV.
When the driver got out of the car, she was clutching her throat and gasping for air, according to Stevens’ body camera video. Stevens ordered the woman to turn around and then performed the Heimlich maneuver on her.
The woman, identified in the news release only as Samantha, told Stevens a car swerved in front of her and she hyperventilated and began choking on chewing gum. Samantha said she was driving with her hazard lights on for about 15 minutes, hoping someone would stop to help her.
“I was looking for anyone,” she said.
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