Lubbock Avalanche Journal


A Texas police officer became a hero last Monday when he shoved a woman out of the path of an alleged drunk driver.

The incident happened along 19th Street in Lubbock. Officer Philip Standefer and his partner had responded to a minor traffic accident along the road. Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed a major one about to happen.

Video shows the result. In a split second, Standefer pushes the woman out of the way as a white van careens down the road and smashes into Standefer's cruiser. The wreckage spins by, narrowly missing the two officers and the woman.

Standefer, 26, spent a night in an area hospital, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, and received treatment for minor injuries. Police arrested Peter Keltz, 23, the driver of the van, and charged him with three counts, including driving while intoxicated.


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      Rhianon
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is what it is. Cops will haul you to jail if you don't stop within a few yards of when they get behind you and turn their lights on. Even if it means nearly stopping in the middle of a busy intersection somewhere. Cops are Rtards. Drunk drivers and extremely intoxicated. They have beer goggles on and can't see a pedestrian in the road. If you ever break down on the side of the road, get the heck out of your car and run as far as way from that car as you can. Sit back and watch. On a good day, a sober driver texting will run right into your car. Amazing.
      chloe
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was Bush on his way to Houston to meet Cheney at Haliburton....
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chloe
        Suck on nobammas' twinky you zit...!
      Rhianon
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...
      Rhianon
      • 2 Years Ago
      stupid computer I have.
      Alana Marie
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are flashing lights on the cop car, you can see it at 0:05-0:07. In Texas I think the lights flash from the back, which is when you can see the flashing lights so the drunk driver will not get off clean. Cop car or not he still hit a vehicle and injured people. Glad everyone is okay in the end though!
      • 2 Years Ago
      people kill me; ok his emergency lights were not on but his parking lights were. and who cares about lights. he basically saved a life and ended up in the hospital himself. GREAT JOB OFFICER !
      • 2 Years Ago
      Give DUI a mandatory 3 months in jail, no exceptions.
      • 2 Years Ago
      And People have nerve to complain about the police when in reality they do some great things!!!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      that thar cop should have had his - Police - lights ON , on his Damn car , if he had someone Officially Pulled over to give a Citation to !!!!!!
        sharr4580
        • 2 Years Ago
        When I viewed the film of the wreckage, I saw blue lights blinking on and off (reflected in the glass of the other car). I don't think that the drunk noticed anything.
        sharr4580
        • 2 Years Ago
        When I viewed the film of the wreckage, I saw blue lights blinking on and off (reflected in the glass of the other car). I don't think that the drunk noticed anything.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The cop didn't have his top lights/sirens on, why didn't he have them flashing!!??
      Dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      The alleged drunk driver allegedly ran his van into an alleged police cruiser and allegedly injured some alleged people. This "alleged" nonsense has got to stop. The drooler is on film committing the acts. This "alleged" label the media puts on everything is a legal concept, not a news concept. When people see you doing something and camera film you doing it, you did it. Innocent until proven guilty only pertains to any crimes someone is charged with, not with actual events that happen in the real world.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dude
        The only thing that they applied 'alleged' to is whether he was driving drunk. That he was driving, and that he hit that car, are actual events. Whether he was drunk or not is something that is only alleged until it's proven. Getting in an accident doesn't actually prove intoxication. Unfortunately, perfectly sober people smash into things all the time.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dude
        I understand your grievence. But a reporter is required under strict guidlines of the law, to call any crime. "alleged", until there has been a conviction in the courts.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dude
        The only thing that they applied 'alleged' to is whether he was driving drunk. That he was driving, and that he hit that car, are actual events. Whether he was drunk or not is something that is only alleged until it's proven. Getting in an accident doesn't actually prove intoxication. Unfortunately, perfectly sober people smash into things all the time.
      jds906
      • 2 Years Ago
      THANK YOU OFFICER FOR BEING SO ALERT IN SAVING THAT LADY AND YOUR SELF. 3 CHEERS FOR YOU.
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