ALCOA, Tenn (WVLT) Officer Dak Melton didn't even know Gabriel Breeden, 31, of Seymour was in his SUV when he pulled up to the scene of a crash on North Wright Street yesterday around 4:30 p.m.
Breeden was slumped over in his seat, and witnesses told Officer Melton he had fled the scene.
So Officer Melton offered aid to the two people in the van, also injured in the accident.
But as seconds ticked by, flames erupted inside Breeden's SUV.
Then Officer Melton saw Breeden, through the flames, inside the vehicle.
He rushed to the vehcile and dragged Breeden out of the SUV to safety.
Witnesses on the scene say he saved his life.
Breeden's at UT Medical Center in serious condition tonight.
Officer Melton was checked out at the hospital, but he's back on duty tonight.
According to the accident report, police did smell alcohol on Breeden's breath.
No word tonight on whether charges will be filed.
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