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State Trooper Sees Disaster Brewing, Knows He Needs to Veer Into Oncoming Car

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With a bit of quick thinking and a lot of nerve, North Carolina State Trooper Cody Thao likely averted a major disaster on the highway.

According to Fox News, Thao used his patrol car to block an exit ramp that an alleged drunk driver was speeding up, thus stopping the driver from entering an interstate going the wrong way.

(Thao is one of the multitude of heroes who risk their lives in the line of police duty each day. Despite this, you rarely hear their stories from the establishment media, which tends to prefer the “defund the police” narrative. Here at The Western Journal, we’ll always back the blue. If you do, too, please consider supporting our mission by subscribing.)

While the actual incident happened on April 8, the video was only released by the North Carolina Highway Patrol on Wednesday.

According to WRAL-TV, Thao was responding to a call for help during a pursuit in the early morning hours. The suspect had been driving of speeds over 100 miles per hour, WRAL reported.

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Just as Thao arrived, however, the suspect began driving down the exit ramp off of Interstate 40, going the wrong way.

As the suspect’s vehicle sped toward him, Trooper Thao veered to his left, stopping it with his own patrol vehicle — the hard way.

The suspect’s vehicle broadsided Thao’s patrol car; the trooper, amazingly, wasn’t hurt.

“Once I saw the vehicle, I just decided to stop the chase right there,” Thao said, according to Fox.

“This is what we signed up to do, this is what we agreed to do.”

Suspect Joshua Ray Bibey, 26, was subsequently arrested, Fox reported. He’s been charged with driving while impaired.

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And, though Thao put himself directly in harm’s way, he didn’t call himself a hero.

“All the credit goes out to the other troopers who inspire me on a daily basis especially here in Wake County,” he said, according to Fox.

Col. Freddy L. Johnson, Jr., commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, was willing to give Thao quite a bit more credit.

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“I could not be prouder of Trp. Thao and his quick decision to stop the wrong way driver, his actions most undoubtedly saved lives,” Johnson said in a statement.

“His willingness to put himself in harm’s way is representative of the lifesaving work our members do each day. Placing others before ourselves is not just a saying amongst the law enforcement profession, it’s a reality of what we do for the betterment of the communities we serve.”

This all came less than a year after Thao joined the force.

“Before that, I actually worked at a Tractor Supply,” Thao said. according to Fox.

“I don’t have any prior experience with law enforcement. I’ve always had a servant’s heart, and I’ve always wanted to help people.”

And in this case, the state trooper definitely helped someone, given what would likely have occurred if the suspect had gotten onto the highway.

“He was either going to hit me or hit someone else coming eastbound on I-40,” Thao told WRAL.

It’s rare that we say this, but: Thank heavens the driver hit the state trooper’s vehicle.

More importantly, thank heavens there was a state trooper with the ingenuity, bravery and skill to stop this driver the only way that he could.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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