Newly released video shows an Iowa cop desperately hanging onto the hood of a suspect’s car during a wild police chase in 2021.
The dramatic body and dash cam footage, released by Carroll police, shows the moment Officer Patrick McCarty clings to the hood and then roof of Dennis Guider Jr.’s car before he is flung off into a ditch — the impact breaking his back, according to KCCI News.
McCarty pulled the car over on March 5, 2021 and informed Guider, who was sitting in the passenger seat, that there was a warrant out for his arrest in Illinois.
“I hate to be the one to tell you this, but it sounds like you’ve got a warrant out of Illinois,” McCarty said, in the video recorded by his body cam.
He calmly asked him to step out of the vehicle, but instead the driver got out and Guider slid behind the wheel, according to the video obtained by the local station.
The car inched forward and McCarty pulled out his gun and stepped in front of the vehicle.
But Guider, 29, kept driving forward, causing the cop to jump onto the hood with his gun pointed into the car windshield at him.
“Stop the f–king car!” McCarty yelled at him, slapping the windshield as other officers arrived on the scene.
Instead, Guider sped off at approximately 50 mph with the cop still on the hood of the car.
Dash cam footage from another police cruiser shows McCarty struggling to rearrange himself, gripping onto the car’s roof as Guider zoomed down a dirt road.
The car plunged down a ditch and bounced, sending McCarty flying off and landing on his back, according to the video.
“I’m OK man, go get him,” the cop shouted at his partner as Guider drove away. “I’m alright. Go get him.”
It was later revealed that McCarty broke his back when he was tossed off the car.
Guider pleaded guilty to serious injury by vehicle and was sentenced to up to five years in prison, according to the Des Moines Register.
He claimed he feared for his life when the cop pulled out his gun and jumped onto the car.
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