Cop stops runaway SUV seconds before disaster

A Sam Houston State University police officer was about to get off work when he heard the dispatcher announce a man in a Ford Excursion was unable to stop his car and heading right towards downtown Huntsville, Texas. What he did next probably saved the man's life.

Gaitlin Jeter was rolling towards downtown Huntsville with his cruise control set to 60 mph when he realized it wouldn't turn off. Attempts to shift it into neutral or brake were unsuccessful, so he called 911 for help.

Because 60 mph is like 35 mph in Texas, it's not uncommon for streets leading into town centers to feature high speed limits prior to the main business district.

Rocky Carrell, an SHSU patrol officer, heard the call and chased down the runaway SUV. As you can see in this video, Carrell managed to get his police Tahoe in front of the Ford just moments before it crashed into the back of a truck or blitzed through downtown.

When it was over Jeter got out of his truck and hugged Carrell.

(Hat tip to BrtStlnd!)