Nov 22, 2013 12:43 PM by MTN News - Great Falls

Off-duty Border Patrol agent helps driver of overturned car near Malta

GREAT FALLS - An off-duty Border Patrol agent assigned to the Malta station helped rescue a driver trapped in an overturned vehicle on a remote road north of Malta on November 16th.

A press release from U.S. Customs & Border Protection says that the agent was returning home from a hunting trip when he saw a vehicle in front of him swerve off the road and roll several times.

The agent stopped to render aid and found the driver trapped in the vehicle.

The agent was able to remove the shattered windshield, and had to cut away the seatbelt to remove the driver, who was the only person in the vehicle.

The driver was traumatized, but otherwise appeared uninjured and did not require medical assistance.

The Phillips County Sheriff's Department also responded to the scene.

"I commend the agent for a job well done in responding to help a person in need," said Chief Patrol Agent Christopher Richards. "His actions are yet another example of how we, as Border Patrol agents, are working to ensure the safety of our local communities. I'm proud to say that the agents here in Havre Sector truly represent the best of the Department of Homeland Security."