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Woman charged with DWI assault after forcing officers to jump off freeway ramp


One Houston officer is resting at home and another is on light duty after a drunk driver forced the officers to jump from a freeway overpass July 28.

Bianca Chanelle Bennett, 25, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault.

According to KPRC News, the two Houston police officers are expected to recover after falling 16 feet off the Southwest Freeway when Bennett’s vehicle hit one of them while they were investigating a crash.

“It’s a miracle from God that (the officer) is okay,” Houston police Sgt. Thomas Fendia tells KPRC News. “If you look where they landed was in the grass. If he’d been five feet more towards the exit ramp, he would’ve hit the cement and it would’ve been a much different story.”

Police Thursday released bodycam video of the Officer Roshard Carter … the cop forced to jump off a freeway ramp after he was hit by Bennett.

Carter and his DWI Task Force partner Officer C. Herrera were investigating a crash when a vehicle slammed into Carter.

Speaking to KPRC News from his bed at home while recovering, Carter says he saw the lights coming straight toward them.

“Before I knew it, there was a car right up on me. The headlights were facing right on me. I had less than a second to react to the situation.” Carter said.

Carter tells KPRC News he was knocked out after the fall and that when he came to — he radioed in — then said a prayer.

“I could not feel my arms. I could not feel my legs,” he said. “I know if I would have froze … the car would have taken my life, and I wouldn’t be here today.”

Herrera, who KPRC News reports has been with HPD since 2013, also jumped, but held onto the railing and was able to let himself fall before rolling when he hit the ground.

Herrera escaped major injury and was treated and subsequently released from the hospital. He is back on duty, but “taking it easy,” police tell KPRC News.

Officer Carter, who has been with HPD since 2010, suffered injuries to his back, spine, tailbone, left leg and his ankles, according to KPRC News.

KPRC News reports two Houston firefighters are credited with helping save the officers’ lives after noticing the car speeding toward them.

Wesley Pleasant, a 13-year veteran of the Houston Fire Department, and Leonel Garcia, a four-year veteran of the department, were both at the initial crash investigation.

“I saw a car driving around the engine I guess trying to exit the freeway but it wasn’t slowing down, so I just yelled out, ‘Watch out,’” Pleasant tells KPRC News. “I guess it was enough time for everybody to react and get out of the way.”


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