A Minnesota State Trooper is being honored for putting his life at risk to save a man from a burning car — on his first day on the job.
Trooper Taylor Carter, along with Troopers Scott Smith and Mike Lee, were reportedly honored with the Meritorious Service Award for rescuing a man from a burning car — after the suspect led them on a high-speed chase on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.
According to a report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the troopers had pulled over a speeding vehicle on May 23, and when they approached the car, they detected the smell of alcohol. While they were questioning the driver, he reportedly reached down under the console, claiming he was getting his ID, and then shifted the car into drive, speeding away.
The police dash-cam video shows the officers racing back to their car and following the suspect on a high-speed chase on the Interstate. The speeding driver eventually slid off the interstate and run his vehicle in to a ditch by the side of the highway, where it caught on for. The troopers rushed to his aid and were able to pull him from the burning car through the driver’s side window, and he survived.
It was Trooper Carter’s first shift on duty after he graduated from the Minnesota State Patrol Academy.
Watch the dramatic dashcam video here: