A Highway Patrol officer jumped into a moving car to save a toddler and arrest the child’s allegedly impaired mother Thursday afternoon, New York authorities said. Maria Lagatta, 37, was driving slowly on the Long Island Expressway when Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Goss tried to pull her over. When Lagatta didn’t stop, Goss pulled alongside her and saw a child in the rear passenger seat.
He then drove ahead of her and parked his patrol car. She slowed down to about 5 Mph. and that is when the Officer jumped into a rolled down window. Lagatta was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years old or younger, and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.