Bodycam video shows a Houston police officer jumping off a freeway ramp after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver.
"I saw a vehicle driving around the engine I guess trying to exit the freeway but it wasn't slowing down, so I just yelled out, 'Watch out, '" Wesley Pleasant of the Houston Fire Department told Click 2 Houston.
"In my mind It seemed like everything had slowed down in slow motion to me cause I was thinking about all the options that I could have done to avoid getting hit by this vehicle", says Carter.
The Houston Police Department released the video of the incident on Thursday. Carter, who is recovering at home, is in a back brace for his back while his partner suffered only minor injuries.
Not only was Chief Art Acevedo news conference today the first time the public has seen this footage, it was also the first time for Officer Carter's mother.
He said he had less than a second to react. Just another night for these Houston police officers...
"One of the things that concerns us".
In the video interview, Carter, from his hospital bed, said he warned his partner that evening to be careful because of the number of drunk drivers on the road at that hour. "Harris County, this region of the state, is the worst as it relates to the scourge of drinking and driving", Acevedo said. Carter did not realize how high he was above the ground.
"With God's help, he's gonna make it through", says Debra Carter.
Carter narrowly missed landing on concrete, but was still knocked unconscious.
"I could not feel my arms".
Authorities tell KTRK that Carter's back was broken in several places, and he lost consciousness when he landed. Despite the severity of his injuries, Carter is expected to recover. Carter has been on the force for about seven years.
Another officer was also forced over the side of the freeway, but he was not as seriously injured.
Bianca Chanelle Bennett, 25, the woman who police said caused the crash, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault. She has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond.