Police continue to search for the driver of a stolen pickup that crashed into a Dallas police patrol car Monday.
The collision sent the patrol car airborne and it came to rest upside down in Fivemile Creek in southwest Dallas. Nearly a dozen people who were nearby and an officer first on the scene worked to free an injured officer trapped inside.
Senior Cpl. Dale Ordogne, an 11-year-veteran of the Dallas Police Department, is recovering at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, according to police.
Deputy Chief Albert Martinez said during a press conference that Ordogne was “banged up and in a lot of pain, but overall he’s in good spirits.”
“We want to thank our citizens for what they did out there,” Martinez said. “Plenty of times we see the worst of humanity. They showed us the best of humanity.”
Martinez said Ordogne was southbound on Westmoreland Road on the way to a call when he was broadsided by a white Chevrolet Silverado coming across the intersection.
“Both vehicles basically bounced off each other, sending Dale off to the side and onto the grass,” Martinez said.
The patrol car landed on a 12-inch metal gas pipe and then fell 24 feet to the bottom of the creek on its roof, Martinez said. Several people nearby ran down to aid the officer and, along with the first officer on the scene, flipped the patrol car back on its wheels, Martinez said.
They pulled Ordogne out of the vehicle and took him to level ground so he could be loaded into an ambulance, Martinez said. They made the decision to take Ordogne out of his patrol car because it has started smoking, Martinez said.
“We could have lost another officer,” Martinez said. “We’re grateful, very grateful to our citizens who helped us out there when we really needed their help.”
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