Off Duty Officer Rescues Man Seconds Before Car Engulfs In Flames

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(WLNS) – Being held without bond in a jail cell would not be a situation most people would feel lucky in.

But a Fowlerville man is alive thanks to the work of an off-duty Michigan State University Police sergeant.

Detective Sergeant Maureen Kennedy was driving I-96 east Sunday night when she says she noticed a car that was going all over the road.

Kennedy was not on duty at the time, so she called it in.

But then she saw the car crash just west of Meridian Road.

Sergeant Kennedy stopped and pulled the 28-year-old driver out of the car.

Just moments later the car was exploded into flames.

Officials say the crash was the result of a driver getting behind the wheel after getting drunk.

Kennedy says what she did goes back to her service in the police force.

“I feel fortunate that we were there. I don’t know if that this young man would have been able to help himself. In fact, I am inclined to say that I don’t think he would have been and he would of burned in that car and it was a unsafe circumstance and it was dark. The car was traveling at a high speed as they would on a highway and he was by himself. I am glad I was there, law enforcement it doesn’t matter if we are on or off duty we are going to do what we can. It is nature of the job, you help people, that’s what we want to do,” said Maureen Kennedy, Det. Sgt., MSU Police.

The man was taken to the hospital and treated. He was then arrested for operating while intoxicated, drug possession and driving on a suspended license.

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