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GPD reminds drivers of Move Over Law after officer gets sideswiped by suspected drunk driver

GPD officer sideswiped on 385 (FOX Carolina) GPD officer sideswiped on 385 (FOX Carolina)

Filling out a report in his patrol car, it was just a normal Saturday night shift for Officer McCart when out of now where he felt a jolt and followed with a surprisingly calm reaction.

"Headquarters 123 I need a supervisor,” McCart said.

He had just been side-swiped by a suspected drunk driver along Interstate 385 in Greenville.

He then dialed his supervisor Lt. Michael Yearout who said it was a tough call to get.

"I worry about all their safety,” said Yearout. “My first thought was making sure that he was okay and that everyone on scene was okay. The property is something that we can replace. We don't really like to but it is replaceable, but it is unfortunate when we do have an incident like that."

Yearout said almost every one of his officers has had a close call with drivers speeding by. He remembers all the thoughts he had every time he had to park on the side of the highway.

"Sometimes we do end up on that curve or over the crest of a hill and it definitely can be a little frightening sometimes because cars don't tend to obey that Move Over Law. They can be going well over the speed limit right by the passenger side door."

He said that's why they always try to have each other's back, and that's exactly what Officer McCart was doing that night. He was parked in the left lane of 385 near Pleasantburg to warn others that another officer was parked up ahead.

"The initial officer had to perform a field sobriety test so he has a civilian outside of the road at two in the morning and they're having to use a line on the side of the freeway so another driver doesn't roll up and strike them and cause injury or fatality," Yearout said.

However, McCart was the one hit. Now Lt. Yearout is telling drivers to move over. He said the law is clear and simple. Drivers just need to slow down and shift over a lane when first responders are on the side of the road to give plenty of space.

"If they're not able to move over, they're directed to maintain a safe speed so they can negotiate around the vehicle in a safe manner," Yearout said.

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