Las Vegas, NV – An off-duty Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) trooper decked out in a Star Wars Stormtrooper costume stopped a drunk driver from driving the wrong way onto an interstate off-ramp early Saturday morning (video below).
The NHP’s Southern Command released video footage of the Oct. 31 incident, which began with a quintessential Star Wars-themed intro.
The footage of the actual stop was captured by the dashcam on off-duty NHP Trooper Britta Foesch’s personal vehicle.
According to the NHP, Trooper Foesch was on her way home from a Halloween party in the early-morning hours of Oct. 31, when she spotted a motorist trying to enter Interstate 15 by driving the wrong direction on an interstate off-ramp.
Trooper Foesch, who had been the designated driver during the night’s festivities, was dressed as a Stormtrooper at the time – minus her helmet, USA Today reported.
The trooper managed to stop the driver before the vehicle accessed the interstate, according to the NHP.
She used her phone to contact dispatch, and on-duty NHP troopers immediately responded to the scene.
The driver was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, two traffic violations and driving without a valid driver’s license, USA Today reported.
“Ironically Trooper Foesch still had her costume on,” NHP said. “She was dressed as a Storm Trooper. Trooper Foesch no doubt intervened and stopped a potentially deadly situation.”
“The FORCE is strong in Trooper Foesch,” the department noted.
Trooper Foesch has served the NHP for seven years, and worked as a dispatcher prior to becoming a trooper, USA Today reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below.
This morning a off duty Trooper stopped a wrong way driver from entering the I-15. All this happened while the Trooper was dressed as a Storm Trooper after a Halloween party. Driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, all this was captured on the Troopers personal dash cam. #nhp🎃 pic.twitter.com/blcwkBE9qB
— NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) November 1, 2020