CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Trooper jumps out of way of suspected drunk driver on I-95

The close call occurred when the trooper stopped to help a minivan that broke down in the right lane near the Exit 52 entrance ramp, according to state police.

Marissa Alter

Mar 31, 2023, 3:05 PM

Updated 424 days ago

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Body camera footage captured the moment a Connecticut State Police trooper jumped out of the way of an alleged drunk driver and narrowly avoided getting hurt. It happened on I-95 north in East Haven around 12:30 a.m. Friday.
The close call occurred when the trooper stopped to help a minivan that broke down in the right lane near the Exit 52 entrance ramp, according to state police. In the video, the trooper walks along the shoulder up to the Kia Sedona where two people inside say they ran out of gas. Then, as the trooper tells them to put the minivan in neutral to move it to a safer spot, a loud crash is heard, and the trooper appears to leap over the concrete barrier and away from what ended up being a chain-reaction accident.
Police said the trooper had parked his cruiser behind the minivan and had the emergency lights on when a Volkswagen Atlas slammed into it.
“A vehicle came and rear-ended the cruiser and pushed the cruiser forward into the concrete wall and into the disabled vehicle,” Trooper Jisselis Garcia said.
The driver, Thomas Larivee, 32, of East Lyme, “showed physical signs of impairment” after the crash, according to police. Larivee went to the hospital for minor injuries and was then arrested on charges of driving under the influence and following too closely resulting in an accident.
Police said the trooper wasn't hurt. Neither was anyone in the minivan, but they all certainly could've been.
“It’s scary. We put ourselves at risk all the time to protect and serve the public, so it's very important that the public helps us do our job,” Garcia told News 12. “If you see any emergency vehicle on any side of the highway—any first responders, tow trucks, anything along those lines—just please slow down and move over.”
Larivee was released on a $500 bond and is due in court in New Haven on April 13. The crash remains under investigation, which means Larivee could face additional charges in the future.


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