Off-duty cop in Stormtrooper costume busts alleged drunk driver
An off-duty state trooper wearing a Star Wars Stormtrooper costume prevented a suspected drunken driver from heading the wrong way down a highway in Las Vegas, authorities said.
Trooper Britta Foesch was driving home from a Halloween party in a Stormtrooper costume around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when she saw the driver of a Toyota Prius trying to enter Interstate 15 in the wrong direction, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.
Footage on Foesch’s personal dash camera showed her in costume — sans helmet — pull over the vehicle then calling fellow troopers to the scene.
The driver — who cops identified as Matthew Clendaniel, 27 — was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving without a valid driver’s license and two traffic violations, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Highway patrol said they would “not recommend citizens stop on the freeway take matters into their own hands but Trooper Foesch is a trained professional.”
“There is no doubt that Trooper Foesch’s actions potentially saved lives this morning,” the agency said. “The FORCE is strong in Trooper Foesch!”
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