Cop Pulls Woman Over For Drunk Driving, But Her Droopy Face Signals She’s Having A Stroke

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

When we’re on the road, the chances of a medical emergency happening are slim, but they can catch us off guard.

Kathy Byron woke up one morning with a headache, and she thought it was just a headache until a cop pulled her over. She had been driving but had no idea what was going on.

Officer Kevin Preinitz was the one who stopped her. Several 911 calls had come in about a suspected drunk driver.

That driver was Kathy. Before the officer pulled her over, he noticed that she was driving quite slowly and that it looked like one of her tires was flat.

It was when he saw her face, however, that Officer Kevin knew what was really going on: The left side was droopy and Kathy was drooling. Trained as an EMT, the officer realized she was having a stroke.

The woman was rushed to the hospital, where the medical emergency was confirmed. Lucky for her, neither she nor was anyone else on the highway was hurt during the episode.

A month after the incident, Officer Kevin and Kathy were reunited, and she was able to thank him for his swift action in person.

It’s simply a miracle that the cop was the one who responded to those 911 calls!

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