Police officer jumps off bridge to avoid alleged drunk driver

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by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 10:21 PM

MISSOURI CITY, Texas -- For the first time since the Friday accident, we're seeing dash cam video of an officer being forced to jump about 30 feet off a bridge to safety.

The camera was rolling just after midnight in the 7200 block of State Highway 6 when Officer Kenneth Lewis and his partner were making a traffic stop.

As the other officer was explaining why the driver was being pulled over, you can hear screeching and then see the patrol car being forced forward.

That's when Officer Lewis looked back, saw the car coming right at him and hopped over the barricade down the side of the bridge some 30 feet.

Lieutenant Paul Poulton said that Lewis is stable and still recovering.

"He had a partially ruptured aorta that had to be repaired," said Lt. Poulton. "Now they're looking at his fractured pelvis to decide if they have to do surgery on it or not."

Lewis is the father of three and has medical insurance. His family still has hospital parking fees and child care to pay and need community support.

Click here if you would like to help the officer's family.

The driver arrested in the case is 46-year-old  Christie Bigger. She's a physical education teacher and has been charged with intoxication assault.

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