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Saturday 27 December 2014

Police officer saves choking driver

A US motorist was stopped from choking after a policeman saw her running a red light
A US motorist was stopped from choking after a policeman saw her running a red light

A US police officer saved a motorist who was choking after stopping her for driving through a red light.

Officer Jason Gates saw the woman was having trouble breathing when he approached her vehicle in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Kalamazoo police department said Mr Gates asked the woman if she was okay and realised she could not breathe so he hit her on the back to try to clear her airway.

When that did not work, he pulled her from the car and performed the Heimlich manoeuvre which dislodged a piece of sausage and bread from her throat.

The department said the woman started crying and thanked Mr Gates for saving her life. There was no confirmation from police if they ticketed her for the traffic offence.

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