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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.

 

Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Published Jul 14, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 8:58 am CDT

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 CDT