The courage and quick-thinking of a Grantham-based policewoman, who used her police vehicle to stop a collapsed driver from crashing into others, has been praised by chief constable Neil Rhodes for going over and above to protect lives.
At around 6.45pm on Friday, June 19, PC Danielle Crompton was in a police vehicle in stationery traffic on the A46, just north of the Skellingthorpe roundabout, when an Audi car travelling at speed passed her in the other lane.
She noticed the male driver was leant back in his seat and appeared to be unconscious. His car, which was travelling close to around 60mph, made contact with the central reservation.
PC Crompton illuminated her lights and approached it, believing that the vehicle would come to a stop because of the contact with the central barrier, and she could then attend to the driver. However, the car slowed but did not stop, and continued to travel at some speed along the A46. Ahead were a number of motorists sitting in stationery traffic from the Carholme roundabout.
Assessing how to minimise the risk to the public if the Audi was to make contact with any of the traffic at the roundabout, and also the risk to the driver of the Audi, who seemed to be unconscious with his foot resting on the accelerator, PC Crompton made a decision to use her police vehicle to bring his car to a stop.
She drew just ahead of the vehicle and used her offside wing and bumper to gently nudge the Audi into the central reservation, which safely brought it to a halt. PC Crompton was then able to exit her vehicle and attend to the driver, aged in his 40s, who had been unconscious at the wheel and seemed to have suffered a seizure.
PC Crompton helped him out of his car and put him in the recovery position and stayed with him until an ambulance arrived. He was taken to hospital for treatment before returning to his home in the Lincoln area.
Chief constable Neil Rhodes, said: “PC Crompton’s quick-thinking and exemplary driving brought what could have been a very serious incident to a safe conclusion. Had this gentleman’s car hit that traffic at the Carholme roundabout it is entirely possible we could have seen a number of people injured, including the driver of the Audi.
“The decision she made was not only incredibly brave but would have had to have been made within seconds, I cannot praise enough her courage and quick-thinking which, had she not acted as she did, I am certain would have had serious and potentially tragic consequences.
“I’m sure PC Crompton will think that this is ‘just part of the job’ but she went over and above to protect the life of the Audi driver and also the other motorists in the area; put simply – what she did was heroic. On a daily basis Lincolnshire Police officers have to make quick decisions and assessments as to what is the safest and best course of action and this is a shining example of why I am so proud of them and the hard work they do every day.”