LINCOLN COUNTY, Ore. – A toddler was spotted running down the middle of the highway is safe thanks to a sheriff’s deputy.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officer posted the video to their Facebook page Thursday. It shows Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Gautney driving down the highway when suddenly a toddler is seen running toward his patrol car.

Eighteen-wheelers were passing on the highway, just feet away from the boy. The officer immediately turned on his lights and stopped in the middle of the road.

You see Deputy Gautney get out of his car and quickly scoop the boy up in his arms.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the incident was accidental. Moments after finding the boy, the deputy was alerted to the boy’s frantic parents, who were searching for him.

Deputies say the family was cleaning up after a community event and the boy slipped out through an open door.

The Sheriff’s Office said they shared the video, “as a reminder of how quickly things can go wrong, and the danger and potential result of distracted driving.”

Deputy driving down highway spots 2-year-old running towards his car

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