Rock thrown at off-duty officer's car on I-20

- An off-duty Red Oak police officer driving his personal vehicle says someone threw a rock into traffic on the interstate and hit his windshield.

The officer is going to be okay, but he's worried the next person may not be as lucky.

Steven Nelson was on his way to his job as a Red Oak police officer the morning of December 7 and was headed west on I-20 at Lasater Road when he saw a white flash out of the corner of his eye.

“I remember looking down when I was pulling over and seeing all the glass and going, ‘What in the hell just happened?’” he said. “It was like an explosion.”

Nelson says a driver behind him, who was also hit, saw someone throw a large rock that hit Nelson's car like a bullseye.

“It just went whoosh and all that air came in,” he recalled.

Nelson says he had the convertible top down, but it opened up because of the impact while he was driving about 70 miles an hour.

“The glass was just all over my shirt, all over my face, all over my jacket, all over the inside of the car. Glass was just everywhere,” he said.

No one was injured. But the same can't be said for Nelson's car, which is estimated to cost thousands of dollars to fix.

“It's just a car. It's going to be fixed,” Nelson said. “But if had been somebody's life or my own life, it would've been a lot different ending and a lot different story to tell.”

Balch Springs police responded but don't have any suspect information to go off of.

“Who knows why they did this?” he said. “Who knows they won't do it again?”

Nelson credits his defensive driving skills and training as a police officer with saving his life, but he hopes to warn other drivers to be on the lookout for someone that's putting lives at risk.

“This is not a joke,” he said. “Anytime you take it upon yourself to throw an object out into a moving car that’s traveling 70 miles an hour, that's far from being a joke.”

Balch Springs police responded to the incident and say two vehicles were damaged but don't have any suspect information and cannot investigate at this time.

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