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Trooper's quick thinking saves wrong way highway driver from death

GasBuddy Blog -- A Maine State Trooper's quick thinking this week saved several lives after he sacrificed his police vehicle to save the life of not just a wrong way driver, but a couple that was heading right for him, an event all caught on the trooper's on board video system.

It all started when Trooper Douglas Cropper stopped a truck on I-295 outside Portland, Maine this past week, then noticed a late model Toyota Corolla flying the wrong way down the highway with an 88 year old man at the wheel. Cropper immediately left the vehicle he had pulled over and started after the wrong way driver.

Cropper then got off the freeway to attempt to get ahead of the wrong way driver- but immediately noticed that construction was impeding the on-ramp...


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Submitted Jul 22, 2012 By: PD
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Robert44
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 8:31:44 AM

Outstanding job!!!!! Well done, the tropper should get a raise.
airforceram
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:42:08 AM

Well done trooper cropper!
LiquidGold2011
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 4:16:42 PM

The 88-year old driver should have his license revoked immediately!!
bluemama
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 6:41:27 PM

Kudos to the trooper!!
Seversen
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 10:02:38 AM

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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 6:11:26 AM

thank you for the quick thinking. For once someone who thinks of his job as more than a paycheck (sadly, so many troopers around here are think more about the next donut than helping).
1006
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 5:43:55 AM

"quick thinking!"
we dont pay you guys enough
ScottE
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 5:55:53 PM

Amen for this Hero of Public Safety in this Country.
bikerchicklette
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 8:47:28 AM

ok
Bleeder
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 2:15:00 PM

Yes, they are out there doing their jobs. I do appreciate that.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:37:13 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:33:28 PM

Excellent
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:31:51 PM

God Bless that Trooper!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:31:51 PM

Maybe there were safer ways to remedy the situation but the Trooper acted quickly in the heat of the moment. Kudos.
firechief
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:29:42 PM

Awesome job. People may have a who cares attitud on here but instead of him crashing into the wrong way driver it could have been one of your family members that could have been seriously injured or killed
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:25:24 PM

Soooooo he did his duty.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:23:06 PM

excellent!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:22:02 PM

Didn't see this on the evening news.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:20:57 PM

way to go.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:20:36 PM

Quick thinking.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:19:36 PM

Always keep to your right when driving alone on a divided highway. Wrong way drivers tend to keep to THEIR right (your left) as if it were not a divided highway.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:18:33 PM

Sometimes they are in the right place at the right time. But not often!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:18:17 PM

The trooper did what he best could and since no one was hurt, and people could have otherwise been hurt or killed, he should be decorated for it rather than waiting and wondering whether Main'e Fleet Safety Board will discipline him.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:17:10 PM

For once, a good story about a law enforcement officer
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:16:15 PM

thank goodness no one got killed
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:12:44 PM

Will someone please check that old geezers optical prescription. Maybe he needs Obamacare for glasses.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:08:30 PM

Good for him...
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:07:46 PM

AWESOME!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:07:38 PM

re-hash
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:06:39 PM

Excellent work
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:06:36 PM

I consider him a hero myself.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:05:56 PM

good
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:05:17 PM

Good Job
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:04:42 PM

No discipline required here. This guy probably saved several lives. His professional instinct took over, averting what could have been a very serious tragedy.
msgt_usa
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:04:19 PM

No discipline required here. This guy probably saved several lives. His professional instinct took over, averting what could have been a very serious tragedy.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:02:55 PM

Excellent response to a grave situation. I've noticed that entering the wrong way on an interstate ramp happens quite a bit, so the question is, WHY?
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:59:36 PM

Good job
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:59:19 PM

ok
Stoney81
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:56:49 PM

dacofa don't waste anyone's time with those type of comments. That's like saying, 'Oh he's from Nevada he must be a degenerate gambler.'

Quick thinking by this trooper; if I'm in a similar situation I would like to think I would sacrifice my car to save lives as well.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:55:11 PM

Rerun 1!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:54:16 PM

great job!
rx7racerca
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:52:45 PM

Lots upset here that the old driver didn't get a ticket - I can see why. I do hope the driver might have been sent for a medical review of his fitness to drive. The ticket is pretty much redundant as a penalty after an at-fault accident anyway - his deductible would likely be higher than a fine, and he may not be able to be insured (or to afford it), or his carrier may order a medical to determine fitness to drive. So if any, or all of that is going on, then I have no issue with no ticket being issued.
jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:52:21 PM

These stories don't usually end up this way.
MarkC08
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:50:47 PM

OK
10k
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:49:19 PM

if the MFSB doesn't give this trooper a ^5 and a commendation, then let them face the same situation and see what they do..

hats off to you trooper cropper..
dacofa
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:47:53 PM

Yeah right. Probably had to put down his coffee and doughnut to do it.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:46:49 PM

Great story but was here before.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:46:36 PM

hero
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:45:48 PM

that's a huge atta boy
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:45:42 PM

read it before.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:45:05 PM

old news
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