WSP trooper stopped wrong-way driver suspected of DUI with patrol car

VIDEO: WSP trooper stopped wrong way driver suspected of DUI with patrol car

A Washington State Patrol Trooper was hurt when he used his cruiser to stop a wrong way driver, suspected of DUI, in Kitsap County.

“I’m just glad it was me,” said Trooper Alan Dixon.

Trooper Alan Dixon is still sore but he’s thankful to be in one piece.

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Dixon is resting and recovering from a head on crash from Friday, September 18. That’s when he risked his life and used his patrol car to stop a wrong way driver suspected of DUI. By putting himself in the path of the wrong way driver, innocent people on the road that night were spared.

“I don’t feel super brave. I just feel like it’s a part of the job,” Dixon said.

It’s a job the 9 year veteran of the Washington State Patrol takes seriously. And this night was no different.

“I like to monitor all the frequencies in the county that our sheriff use and our fire department use. And I heard a possibly intoxicated person that was trying to leave the bar despite other people trying to keep them there,” Dixon recounted.

He rushed to respond. He was northbound on State Route 3 when he suddenly saw the Jeep speeding up the wrong way on the Chico Way off ramp, which is between Bremerton and Silverdale.

“So I had a split second to look around me and I realize I had a little bit of a gap between me and cars behind me. It’s raining heavily. There’s a blind curve behind me. And I think well, I better try and get this person stopped. So I brought my patrol car to a stop, threw every light I had on that rainy night and kind of just hoped for the best,” Dixon explained.

It appears the driver saw his lights and slowed down but still hit him. Dixon was taken to St Michael’s Hospital where he was treated and released.

While he never questioned putting himself in harm’s way, make no mistake - this is a man who has a lot to live for. His wife is pregnant with their first child and is due any day now.

Dixon is glad he made it home safely along with everyone else on the road that night.

“It reminds me of why I do this job and why I continue to do this job. Very thankful that it was me rather than someone else,” Dixon added.

Dixon also wants to thank the person who called in about the suspected drunk driver and gave him time to respond. He believes that person saved a life that night.

WSP said the wrong way driver is a 33-year-old woman from Bremerton. She was not hurt in the crash and was arrested for suspected DUI.