Video shows suspected drunk driver hitting officer during traffic stop

FORT WORTH, TX (WCMH) — Released video shows a Texas police officer hit by a suspected drunk driver while on a routine traffic stop.

Officer Matt Lesell’s dash cam shows him walking to a car he pulled over for a traffic offense.

Another car suddenly slams into his parked patrol car before hitting the stopped vehicle — and Officer Lesell.

He was thrown into a lane of traffic, but was able to get up and walk.

Lesell called for back-up, and checked on the traffic violator before detaining the intoxicated driver.

That suspect was arrested for intoxicated assault.

Officer Lesell is recovering from a hyper-extended foot and fractured vertebra. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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