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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      LaLady
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is nice to see an officer do something nice for someone for a change. I sort of lost my respect for our local officers when I seen how they reacted after our horrible tornado here last year. Alot of people wanted to help their families and neighbors, check on them, and to clean up, but they closed off the area to anyone that didn't live in the city, regardless of whether you had friends, or family, or worked there. They were rude and mean, and alot of people were upset that we all couldn't help like we wanted to. If it was because of fear of looting, they could have just kept a watchful eye out for that, they were all standing around anyway.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LaLady
        Are you serious!!!! Maybe you're one of the good people, but someone else may be stealing whats left of someones stuff and the cops had enough to deal with then watch for looters. That and people get in the way of rescue efforts by those trained for the job, not to mention the dangers that are involved with unstable buildings. They had every right to keep you out, especially if you didn't live there. Maybe they're rude, because people like you insist on being somewhere you shouldn't be or maybe they have to work while they're home was just destroyed.
      2012 Clark 2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      I reside in central oregon and 2 months ago a hit and run driver killed a 21 year old college student in a bike lane at nightime. After he hit the student he sped off to his house and hid his truck on his property. 2 weeks later police got a tip of where the vehicle was and he was arrested for killing the student. He made state headlines on the news about the incident. Then what was unbelievable was is that he only got a sentence of 6 1/2 yrs. 2 weeks later he was released from jail because of jail overcrowding. Today he is free and not serving his time and is never aloud to drive again. This is why alot of drunk drivers do not fear to drive drunk because there is no jail space for long periods of time.
      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.
      ROBERT UMBENHAUR
      • 2 Years Ago
      GET REAL. THAT POLICE OFFICER IS THE EPITOME OF WHAT EVERY POLICE OFFICER WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS REALLY IS.
      morri
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some of you are either drunk or Blind. The flashers were on. The latest ones flash behind the vehicle. When the Police Cruiser came to a stop you can see thelights flashing onto the broken down car. And yes you can Thank God formost of the police personnel. We lost one to a shooter in our Township last week protecting us and serving us Yes, they even protect you goofballs that never have anything good to say about anyone, but you know who to call when you are in trouble or danger.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @morri
        And cant see either.
        jeffwiz14
        • 2 Years Ago
        @morri
        "the latest ones flash behind the vehicle." yea, a cop drives in reverse while attempting to pull over a vehicle. good one.
        jeffwiz14
        • 2 Years Ago
        @morri
        you are mistaken. the car that was blocking the lane had not lights flashing on top of it. which is why it got hit.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @morri
        The blue lights belong to the car in which the camera is operating. You can trace it from the beginning of the video. Try pausing the video at about 4 seconds, no lights.
          • 2 Years Ago
          exactly, thank you
          jeffwiz14
          • 2 Years Ago
          paused with the back of the hit cop car facing the camera clearly shows no lights on on the light bar. good point.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @morri
        You have totally lost your mind.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @morri
        please never become an investigator
      • 2 Years Ago
      To you idiots blaming the police..................a driver is supposed to be able to stop, regardless of whether cruiser lights were on or not. Always blame the other guy for someone else's stupidity, right?
        • 2 Years Ago
        you cant stop any car traveling down any road immediately whether you want to or not
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not blaming the police. The officer should have had his emergency lights on. Period.
      • 2 Years Ago
      JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME! That was incredible on behalf of that officer!
      lamib6297
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yo...Bozos....light bars have warning lights in the rear that do not require the entire light bar to be on.....
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uhm...the cop's car was way too damaged to tell if his flashers were on.
      • 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.
      Rhianon
      • 2 Years Ago
      stupid computer I have.
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