A police officer in Duluth was nearly run over after he exited his squad to conduct a traffic stop on July 30.
Video of the near-death experience was published online by Duluth Police Chief Mike Musken, who used it as a public service announcement to remind Minnesota drivers to "slow down, move over, and give space to law enforcement officers to do their work."
Officer Nick Hudson made the traffic stop on East 4th St. near Essentia Health Medical Center. He got out of his cruiser and was almost immediately clipped by a passing motorist. Hudson groaned in pain and was holding his left arm. Musken said Hudson "was very fortunate he did not sustain substantial injury."
"Mere inches were the difference between injury and tragedy. Our best wishes to Nick for a full and speedy recovery," wrote Musken.
An aerial view of the incident shows that motorist swerves at the last moment to avoid a collision, as the driver narrowly missed rear-ending the police vehicle before clipping Hudson.
Another Duluth officer was in the area and immediately stopped the driver who hit Hudson. Musken said the motorist was arrested for criminal vehicular operation resulting in injury, DWI and possession of a controlled substance (Fentanyl).