An Illinois deputy is being credited with saving three people’s lives, including his own, after a close call on the side of the road.
If it hadn’t been for his quick reaction, things could have turned deadly.
Officers pulled over a driver they suspected of driving under the influence.
Deputy Charles Schutz, of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, and two of his fellow officers had pulled over a driver they suspected of driving under the influence on a two-lane road.
While the three of them stood with the suspect on the shoulder of the right lane, Schutz stood a few steps away as a lookout.
While the officers questioned the suspect, Schutz watched for cars on the road.
Suddenly, Schutz lunged forward and pushed his colleagues and the suspect away from the middle of the road. Moments later a car whizzed by, barely missing the four of them.
“You have to keep your head on a swivel, you’re looking out for everybody,” the deputy told WIFR.
Out of no where a car nearly crashed into Schutz and his colleagues.
Although Schutz doesn’t see himself as a hero—he joked he was just making sure he got out of the way and he only pushed his colleagues because they were in his way—his fellow officers applauded him for his quick reaction.
“Officer Schutz did a great job,” Sheriff Dave Ernest told WIFR. “He did just exactly what he’s trained to do and I think that really might have saved some lives with this incident.”
The sheriff’s office is using the video to remind drivers of Scott’s Law.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office shared the dash cam footage of the January incident in hopes of showing the public why it’s important to move over when you see a vehicle pulled over with their lights flashing.
Not only is it important, but it’s also the law. Scott’s Law, or the “Move Over” law as it’s commonly referred to, was named after Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver while he was at the scene of an accident.
“Fortunately the outcome was good and we got intoxicated persons off the street,” Schutz said.
According to WIFR, Schutz was able to chase after the driver and later arrested them for driving under the influence.
The Boone County Sheriff Office would like to remind everyone of “Scott’s Law” or commonly referred to as the “move over law”. 625 ILCS 5/11-907(c) Failure to Yield, was named Scott’s Law after LT Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver while assisting at a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway.As of January 1st, 2017, the move over Law now applies to all vehicles that display flashing emergency lights, including commercial trucks and cars; the Law is no longer limited to authorized emergency vehicles only.This is dash camera footage of a very alert Boone County Deputy Schutz while assisting other deputies this weekend. Please always remain alert and move over
Posted by Boone County Sheriff's Office on Monday, January 29, 2018