Arizona DPS trooper saves drunk driver from oncoming train

The vehicle after getting hit by a train. (Arizona Department of Public Safety)

The vehicle after getting hit by a train. (Arizona Department of Public Safety)

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Trooper Henry "Hank" Roanhorse (Arizona Department of Public Safety)

MENTMORE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona state trooper is credited with pulling a drunk driver from his vehicle moments before an oncoming train slammed into it.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety released details Thursday about the Jan. 6 incident, which occurred across the state line in New Mexico.

Authorities say trooper Henry Roanhorse was driving home when he spotted a vehicle stuck on the tracks.

Roanhorse saw a man in the driver's seat and crawled inside to free him when a train began approaching.

Authorities say Roanhorse dragged the nearly 300-pound (136-kilogram) driver, who initially fought with him, to safety by his feet.

McKinley County sheriff's officials say the driver, 56-year-old Sampson Whitegoat, was subsequently booked for DUI, failure to register a vehicle and driving without a license.