Officer who prevented car crash by saving sick driver nominated for bravery award

The actions of Lincolnshire constable Danielle Crompton were recognised at the 21st Police Bravery Awards on 14 July.

On an evening in June, 2015, Danielle was driving a colleague and a passenger to the hospital in Lincoln. While on the A46, a 70mph road, an Audi overtook the police car. Danielle noticed that the driver was positioned oddly in his seat and his head tilted strangely.

The Audi made contact with the central reservation, but continued along at high speed. Danielle thought the driver must be suffering from a medical issue and that his foot was jammed on the accelerator.

Fearing for the safety of other road users, Danielle began following the Audi. It was 6.45pm, the roads were busy and the vehicle was racing towards a junction  with a roundabout. Danielle had to  intervene. She drove the police car level with the Audi, and used her car to wedge the Audi against the central reservation, drawing both vehicles to a controlled halt. The cars sustained damaged, but no one was injured.

The driver of the car regained consciousness shortly after being pulled from the car by officers. Other officers who attended the scene believed a major incident had been averted through the actions of Danielle, who had been an officer less than a year at the time.

Jon Hassall, chair of the Lincolnshire Police Federation, said: “Danielle took a huge risk on this evening. The Audi could have careered out of control, across a dual carriageway and, had she not acted, would have ploughed into stationary traffic. This is a fine example of the extraordinary acts of bravery that police officers carry out every day and every night. The actions of Danielle were exceptional, and such bravery deserves recognition.”

The Police Bravery Awards recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty. They are organised by the Police Federation of England and Wales and took place on 14 July 2016. Danielle was also awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation.