New Hope Officer Raises Awareness of Distracted Driving

October 09, 2018 07:25 PM

A New Hope police officer had a very personal story to share about distracted driving after he was involved in a crash in August.

Officer Tony Gust's police car was struck and spun 180 degrees when a car crossed the intersection of 42nd and Boone avenues. Gust says he had a green light when the car hit him. 


"When my vehicle came to a rest, I saw the view of her car and the crushed front end and how severe that looked," he said. "And I just immediately feared the worst for the other driver because I just thought, 'Goodness, there's no way the other driver can be okay after something like this,'" he said. 

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Gust said he looked to his right and saw the car coming towards him, but thought it was slowing down. He checked to his left and by the time he turned back right, there was no avoiding the high-impact crash. 

Both drivers walked away from the accident uninjured, but Gust says it could have been much worse. 

He told his personal story of how distracting driving has impacted him on Tuesday in front of a crowd at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. 

Gust said now when he pulls people over for distracted driving, he always tells his first-hand account to make it personal for drivers and to drive home the main point. 


Tommy Wiita

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