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Officer saves woman from drowning in overturned Jeep

Posted September 7, 2008 9:32 p.m. EDT
Updated September 8, 2008 12:28 a.m. EDT

— A Raleigh police officer is credited with saving the life of a woman whose vehicle overturned in high water left by Tropical Storm Hanna early Sunday.

Felicia Louise Williams, of Raleigh, was driving south on Rock Quarry Road around 3:15 a.m. when she lost control of her 1994 Jeep at Jones Sausage Road. The Jeep struck a utility pole and continued on, striking another utility pole, according to the wreck report.

The second impact overturned the Jeep, and it came to rest, upside down in two feet of water. Williams was trapped inside.

Officer K.A. Thompson, 21, responded to the wreck.

"Realizing the danger, Thompson entered the water, broke a window and pulled the driver out and to safety," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

"I was forced to break the drivers' side window to check the welfare of the driver," Thompson wrote in the wreck report. "I then extricated the driver from the vehicle to safety."

Williams sustained minor injuries. Sunday was Williams' 30th birthday.

Sughrue praised Thompson's "life-saving actions."

Thompson is assigned to the Raleigh police's field operations division.