A Randolph County Sheriff's Department deputy narrowly missed injury when a third-party driver nearly took off the door of his patrol vehicle while he was conducting a traffic stop.
Just past midnight Saturday, Deputy James Tyler Mastin had a vehicle pulled over on Highway 431 in Roanoke and had gone back to his patrol vehicle - the lights of which were on - to run the driver's license.
As he put his foot onto the step bar to exit the vehicle, he heard a car approaching from behind at a high rate of speed and saw headlights coming straight at him. The third vehicle struck the patrol unit's driver's side door as it passed, folding the door forward against the fender. Deputy Mastin was not hurt.
Because the accident involved local law enforcement, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Troopers were called to investigate.
Anthony Jerome Tolbert Jr., 31, of 11 Brimer Circle, Heflin was charged with DUI.