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Officer rescues suspected drunk driver on busy highway

Officer drags a man to safety after he walks into oncoming traffic. (WOIO) Officer drags a man to safety after he walks into oncoming traffic. (WOIO)
NORTH OLMSTED, OH (WOIO) -

A North Olmsted police officer literally drags a man to safety, across a busy highway.

Matt Beck risks his life to save a man who walked onto a freeway into oncoming traffic.

Dash cam video shows 54-year-old Richard Solis walking out into traffic on Interstate 480 last week.

It happened after officer Matt Beck had stopped him for a traffic violation and suspected drunk driving.

"The gentleman jumped out of his vehicle and walked into traffic and put his arms up and was trying to get vehicles to hit him," says Sgt. Eric Morgan.

You can hear Officer Beck telling Solis to get back in the car, then the officer goes right out into the oncoming freeway traffic to try to save the man. 

He eventually drags Solis, who weighs more than 300 pounds, across three lanes of traffic to safety.

"He realized that that gentleman wasn't going to come back. That he was intent on hurting himself," says Sgt. Morgan.

Two passing motorists eventually helped Beck restrain the man. Fortunately, no one was hurt in this incident. An incident that could have been fatal.
  
"They tell you that there's no such thing as a routine traffic stop.  So you never know what you're going to encounter. So you have to just be prepared for anything when you're out there," continues Sgt. Morgan.

Beck arrested Solis, but not before he tried to kick out the window of the police cruiser.
Police charged him with operating a vehicle under the influence and speeding.

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