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Caught On Video: APD patrol car struck by driver

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Last month, Detective Alexander with the Austin Police Department was working a traffic assignment shooting laser radar on Research Blvd. when his police unit was struck by a driver.

Corporal David Boyd with Austin P.D. says witnesses saw the person behind the wheel driving recklessly.

"The assignment that he was working was looking for speeding vehicles, aggressive drivers, you know, this one happened to find him in a different way. The laser didn't get him, he came directly to the detective. So it's just not a pleasant thing to happen but luckily nobody really got seriously hurt out of it, nobody was killed," Boyd said.

We showed the dashcam video to officer Ken Casaday with the Austin Police Association...he called it "scary."

"You can hear the officer coming up on the radio. You can tell he's very shaken up and trying to tell dispatch where he is and what had happened," Casaday said.

According to statistics from the FBI, there were 47 law enforcement officers accidentally killed in 2012.

Twenty-two of those officers were killed in car accidents.

Ten of the 47 were struck by vehicles.

Here in Austin in 2005, APD detective Rick Stevens had a brush with death during a traffic stop in Northwest Austin.

"All of a sudden I hear squealing tires and I look up and I see this car coming from the retainer wall and shooting right at me. I was like 'Oh, man.' There was no where for me to run, so I jumped on the roof top," Boyd told us in 2012.

Corporal Boyd says according to the law, drivers are supposed to pull into the next lane when they see emergency vehicles...or slowdown 20 miles per hour below the speed limit.

But while conducting traffic stops, they're encouraging officers to be on the safe side...literally.

"Out on the highway, we're always trying to teach them to make a passenger's side approach -- especially if somebody pulled to the right and stopped like they're supposed to," Boyd said.

Officer Casaday remembers a time when he nearly lost his life.

"I remember it distinctly. I was standing under the bridge at Riverside and was almost sideswiped by a vehicle. I mean I could feel the air come by. And it's just a stark reminder to everybody that it's just a very dangerous job and you never know when it's going to be your time," Casaday said.

Detective Alexander was not seriously injured. He's doing just fine.

Austin Police say the driver that hit the police car was given citations for driving with an invalid license, not having insurance and unsafely moving to the left.

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