Sandy Springs Police share dashcam video of violent crash

- It was a violent crash on Christmas Day, captured on dash camera.

The driver pulls out in front of a Sandy Springs Police Officer, then takes off, fleeing the scene of the wreck. SKYFOX Traffic's Katie Beasley shows you how officers are now using this video to try to save lives.

The Sandy Springs Police Department has shared this dashcam video on Facebook. They hope it encourages you to wear your seat belt.  The officer behind the wheel may not have walked away from the crash, had he not buckled up.

Sandy Springs Police Officer Jason McCabe was patrolling Roswell Road on Christmas night when out of no where, a car turns in front of him. The crash set off the air bags, and totaled the patrol car. Officer McCabe never even had time to hit the brakes.

"That's probably the worst wreck I've ever been in, but there was no time to really think about it. It just happened," Officer Jason McCabe explains.

The driver who allegedly caused the crash drove to his apartment afterward, not even checking to see if the officer was injured or not.

"I was pretty blessed actually. I lost hearing in my left ear, temporarily from the airbag hitting it. I sprained my right foot and then I just had some bumps and cuts on my right arm, but besides that, I was fine," Officer McCabe shares.

Officer McCabe is left to wonder how bad his injuries could have been had he not had on his seat belt.

"I probably would have hit my head, hit my face. I probably would have had head injuries, who knows," Officer McCabe says.

In Georgia, 'Click It or Ticket' is not only the law, it can save lives, too. "You can be doing everything right...I was going one mile under the speed limit, and you just never know what's going to happen. It's important to always wear it, even if you're just going down the street," says Officer McCabe.

Officers identify the driver who caused the wreck as Eric Lamont Brown. They say he was driving his girlfriend's vehicle at the time. Witnesses followed him to his apartment and called 911.

Despite the wreck car parked outside his home, and a cut on his head, Brown claimed to not know anything about the crash. Sandy Springs Police first charged brown with obstruction...for lying to officers.

They've since added charges of hit and run, failure to yield and driving with a suspended license.

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