October 10, 2012

Maine trooper to be recognized for stopping wrong-way driver

In a statement to Congress, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says Trooper Douglas Cropper put his life on the line to prevent what could have been a terrible tragedy.

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — A Maine state trooper is being recognized for his quick thinking when he stopped an elderly man who was driving the wrong way on a Portland interstate highway at the beginning of rush hour.

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Maine State Police Trooper Douglas Cropper stands beside the police cruiser he used to stop an elderly driver who was heading north in the southbound lane of Interstate 295 on June 29.

John Ewing / Staff Photographer

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U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is presenting a "congressional statement" Wednesday to Trooper Douglas Cropper.

Officials say Cropper used his cruiser to stop an elderly driver who was heading north in the southbound lane of Interstate 295 on June 29.

Cropper raced ahead of the wrong-way driver and pulled in front of him so his car crashed into the cruiser and came to a stop before he could crash into oncoming motorists.

In her statement to Congress, Pingree said Cropper put his life on the line to prevent what could have been a terrible tragedy.

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