VIDEO: Trooper Blamed After Wrong-Way Driver Slams Into His Patrol Car

Patricia Carvalho was flying down the interstate in the wrong direction with her two-year-old daughter in the backseat.

Flagstaff, AZ – A defense attorney representing an allegedly drunk wrong-way driver, who crashed into an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) sergeant, has claimed that the sergeant was actually to blame for the collision (video below).

The incident occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Nov. 17, after New Mexico resident Patricia Carvalho drove up onto a sidewalk on Milton Road, nearly hitting several vehicles, KSAZ reported.

According to police, Carvalho, 32, also had her two-year-old daughter in the backseat of the car at the time.

When a DPS trooper tried to stop her, Carvalho took off in the wrong direction, and began heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40.

DPS Sergeant Paul Damgaard responded to the call, and spotted the suspect vehicle flying towards him and other oncoming vehicles.

The sergeant then used his patrol SUV as a traffic break, and weaved across the lanes several times as Carvalho’s car barreled towards him, another motorist’s dashcam showed.

The patrol vehicle slowed to a stop, but Carvalho served at the last second, slamming into Sgt. Damgaard head-on.

“The video taken by another motorist, whose life may have been saved by the actions of this heroic sergeant, tells the true story of what happened," DPS Director Frank Milstead told KSAZ.

"Sadly, it’s a stark reminder of the risks that impaired drivers pose to the public and to our troopers, who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to stop them,” Director Milstead added.

Sgt. Damgaard and Carvalho both suffered minor injuries during the collision, and the allegedly drunken woman’s young daughter was unhurt.

Carvalho was subsequently booked on charges of aggravated assault, attempted second-degree homicide, aggravated DUI, endangerment, and child abuse.

Her daughter was placed into the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Services.

According to KSAZ, Carvalho’s lawyer has alleged that Sgt. Damgaard is the one responsible for the crash and said he unnecessarily placed Carvalho’s daughter at risk of harm.

You can watch dashcam footage of the collision in the video below:

Comments (68)
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jinx73
jinx73

lawyers are all liars.

KMdale
KMdale

Every day, the Blue is out there knowing and doing things that that I don't have to. Thank you.

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

THE TROOPER WAS A HERO IN MY EYES, HE PROBABLY SAVED SEVERAL LIVES DOING WHAT HE DID. I HOPE THE BITCH DRIVING THE WRONG WAY GETS LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR THIS STUNT.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Let her go and put the lawyer in jail! She was stupid drunk (no excuse) but the lawyer’s actions are intentional.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Every day, all week long, these wonderful men and women in blue (and I also tip my hat to the fire dept and EMS, along with the military and Border Patrol) make minute to minute decisions that most of the time we will never see the process(es) of, but nevertheless will benefit from the actions or sometimes sacrifices made for us, because they care.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

It is pretty clear that the police officer wanted the collision to happen and that the wrong way driver did not want the collision to happen. Whoever de-activated Officer Daamgard's airbag should be charged here.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Only a lawyer or an idiot (are you listening Booger?) would try to blame the officer for the illegal actions of his client.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Place yourself in grave danger. Wreck an expensive tool. Not me! A tough call! Can't really "chase" her in the wrong direction. That will increase the potential for harm to innocent motorists. Ultimately, she will come to her senses or cause that fateful crash ... with the onus on her alone!!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I know the lawyer has to come up with an excuse, oops I'm mean defense. But damn that's pretty lame to have a drunk off your ass client who was driving the wrong way and you decide to blame the cop she rammed into. Good luck with that. NOT!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another idiot lawyer!👎

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

Only a defense attorney could come up with this much bullshit. Sadly there will be some idiot juror that will buy this ignorant argument.

Ibcyn
Ibcyn

The so called “mother” should lose custody of her child until such time as she can prove to be a fit parent, if ever; and this lawyer should be bitch slapped into tomorrow!!

Ba ab
Ba ab

So she was fleeing, speeding, child endangering an DUI. It was inevitable that someone was going to get hurt. This offericer protect other people from this woman and actually put his life on the line. She has no business having custody of her child. Put this woman behind bars.

J10107
J10107

I appreciate that every crumb in the United States deserves a defense, but when these half assed attorneys come up with this kind of stupid shit, the bar under which these dummies work, should slap them with fines, suspensions and ultimately removal of their law license.

These so called officers of the court are wasting Everyone's Time and TAX PAYER money, that they should be responsible for reimbursing after they loose the lengthy bullshit trial they opted for in the first place, instead of getting the best plea deal they could.

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Sounds like the lawyer needs to have his head examined, perhaps on a table while the rest of him waits in an outer room. Seriously, ihope a judge sanctions the lawyer for such an idiotic suggestion. The cause of the accident was the woman driving the wrong way, allegedly DUI, and it was SHE, not the officer, who put the child at risk. Lawyer sound pitiful, not pitiable, to me.

The Best Wes
The Best Wes

Of course it's the cop's fault! They clearly should have tazed the oncoming car! (Sarcasm by the way)

bronx163
bronx163

If his job suspends him all troopers should just revert to reactive policing and end pro active police work. Proactive police work is dead in NYPD LAPD, and Chicago. Let the the libtards get what they want. A Western Europe type society where the animals run the streets.

Attack the sheepdog let the the wolves slaughter the flock. Then they will beg for the sheepdog.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

"According to KSAZ, Carvalho’s lawyer has alleged that Sgt. Damgaard is the one responsible for the crash and said he unnecessarily placed Carvalho’s daughter at risk of harm."... Placed daughter at risk of harm... Hmmmm , that sounds oddly familiar, OH, it's the mom.

Old Fokker
Old Fokker

He was doing what all of us would do...Protect the innocent for some Psych-a-billy with a child in the back, Looks like the officer was well trained. .Hope the child and Officer are doing super well.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

Burgers Allday has those Bigot Glasses on. He see's bigots all day long, as long as he wants to see them at least. He certainly won't see them when he's the Obvious Bigot.

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

At what point does the drunk driver have to have ACCOUNTABILITY?

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

too bad the worthless drunk mother survived.

SKIPTRACE
SKIPTRACE

How is he at fault he was stopped. She hit him. She needs to go to prison her daughter needs to be taken away and her lawyer needs to go back to school.