Trooper Britta Foesch was clad in a Stormtrooper costume when she stopped the other vehicle as it tried to drive the opposite way down the I-15 at 1.30 am on Saturday morning.
Foesch subsequently called dispatchers to get on-duty police to the scene.
The Nevada Highway Patrol said the other vehicle’s driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving without a valid driver’s license and two traffic violations.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has named the driver as 27-year-old Matthew Clendaniel.
Trooper Britta Foesch was clad in a Stormtrooper costume when she stopped a suspected drunk driver from entering a Las Vegas freeway in the wrong direction on Saturday morning
Foesch’s dashcam video documented the entire incident, and was shared by Nevada Highway Patrol’s Southern Command on Twitter
Foesch’s dashcam video documented the entire incident, and was shared by Nevada Highway Patrol’s Southern Command on Twitter.
The authorities overlaid the footage with music from the Star Wars franchise.
‘Meanwhile, on a highway not so far away…’ they hilariously captioned the clip, which showed Foesch speaking with the suspected drunken driver by the side of the road.
The Highway Patrol also shared photos of the off-duty officer dressed in her Stormtrooper outfit which had been taken earlier in the evening.
Foesch has been a state trooper for seven years and served as a Nevada Highway Patrol dispatcher before that
In a statement, the Highway Patrol says that it doesn’t recommend citizens take matters into their own hands.
However, they explained that Foesch ‘is a trained professional having been a state trooper for seven years and a Nevada Highway Patrol dispatcher before that’.
‘There is no doubt that Trooper Foesch’s actions potentially saved lives,’ the statement read.
‘The FORCE is strong in Trooper Foesch!’
‘The FORCE is strong in Trooper Foesch!’ The Star Wars fan has been praised for possibly ‘saving lives’ with her actions