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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
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.