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Police officer extracts allegedly drunk man from burning car

A police officer from South Carolina likely saved the life of a man who was allegedly drunk and sitting in his wrecked car as it burned. He ran forward and pulled the man out, escorting him to safety.

The dramatic video shows the officer charge forward with a fire extinguisher in hand. He did not just put out the entire fire, as the whole front of the car was engulfed in flames, but he was able to beat the flames back and get the door open. He grabbed the man's arm, yelling at him to get out. The man stood up and let the officer escort him away from the vehicle.

The rescue, which happened in Mount Pleasant, was caught on video thanks to the dash camera in the officer's squad car. The man behind the wheel, whom the officer couldn't even see until he started putting out the flames, was 27 years old.

According to the police, the man was highly intoxicated. They say that the reason he wasn't getting out on his own was that he didn't even realize at the time that the car was burning. The officer said that the man was not responsive at all at first and that the officer had to put his head into the burning car to get the man's attention.

Though he was saved, his allegedly drunken state could mean that the man will face criminal charges. None have been leveled so far.

Usually, drunk driving charges do not arise from kind of dramatic incident. However, anyone who has been charged need to know his or her legal options.

Source: Reuters, "Drunk man rescued from burning car," Jillian Kitchener, June 03, 2015

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