MENTMORE, N.M. — An Arizona state trooper is credited with pulling a drunk driver from his vehicle moments before an oncoming train slammed into it.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety released details Thursday about the Jan. 6 incident, which occurred across the state line in New Mexico.
Authorities say trooper Henry Roanhorse was driving home when he spotted a vehicle stuck on the tracks.
Roanhorse saw a man in the driver’s seat and crawled inside to free him when a train began approaching.
Authorities say Roanhorse dragged the nearly 300-pound (136-kilogram) driver, who initially fought with him, to safety by his feet.
McKinley County sheriff’s officials say the driver, 56-year-old Sampson Whitegoat, was subsequently booked for DUI, failure to register a vehicle and driving without a license.