A police officer in the Sandhills is getting a lot of praise for putting himself in harm's way to stop a dangerous driver. That driver was going the wrong way on U.S. Highway 1 in Moore County on Tuesday night.
"I was just doing my job, what my training tells me to do," officer Drew Schofield said.
It was around 8:15 when dispatch put out an alert about a driver going the wrong way on Highway 1. Schofield turned onto the highway and his car's dash-cam shows within 25 seconds he could see the driver coming toward him.
"I went ahead and turned on my lights and sirens, and at that point I came to a stop to try and get the lady's attention," Schofield said. "I hoped she was going to stop, but ultimately she didn't"
Schofield was fine after a short visit to the hospital in Pinehurst. The driver of the other car was taken to the hospital at UNC-Chapel Hill. She too, is expected to recover though.
"I was just thinking if I'd moved out of the way she would have possibly hit the people behind me and they could have got hurt or killed, or even she (could've) got hurt or killed, more, hurt more than what she was," Schofield said.
Police Chief Brian Deel estimates the woman was still going about 60 miles an hour. He said Schofield's only other option was to turn around and chase the driver. He feels that would have made the situation worse.
"It took courage and bravery to make that choice without a doubt," Deel said. "He's got a baby on the way, a young wife. His actions exemplify what we should all do when we put on this uniform.
"It take a lot of courage to put on this uniform," Deel continued. "It takes a lot of courage to stand behind the uniform once you put it on, and that's what Drew did. He didn't just get dressed to come to work. He stood behind that."
"It's nice if you can help somebody and go home and say you know what I made a difference tonight," Schofield said.
The woman driving the other car has not been identified. The Highway Patrol is investigating why she was going the wrong way.
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>