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Cop pulls over woman for talking on the phone, saves her life

Chicken biscuits can be delicious. But perhaps shouldn't be eaten while driving.

Feb 29, 2020, 11:33 pm*

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Josh Katzowitz

When Austin police officer Dustin Clinkscales flipped on his lights and siren to pull over a cellphone-using driver on July 5, he likely thought it’d be a normal traffic stop. He had no idea he was going to have to save the driver’s life.

He thought the driver was using a cell phone in violation of state law, but when he approached her car after she stopped, he realized she was choking on a chicken biscuit.

The dash-cam footage shows Clinkscales’ quick—and potentially life-saving—reaction.

The woman, whose father happens to be a police detective, fainted after Clinkscales helped dislodge the object from her throat. She was reportedly using her phone to dial 9-1-1, but she couldn’t speak because she was choking. She was soon transported to a nearby hospital.

“The first thing she said, she pointed to Officer Clinkscales and said, ‘That officer saved my life,'” Austin police commander Michael Eveleth told Fox 7.

Screengrab via Fox 7 Austin/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 14, 2015, 4:27 pm