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Deputy stops to help 2-year-old boy running in the middle of Hwy 101

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Image from dashcam video released by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office of a deputy stopping to help a boy running in the middle of Highway 101. Image from dashcam video released by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office of a deputy stopping to help a boy running in the middle of Highway 101.
Image from dashcam video released by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office of a deputy stopping to help a boy running in the middle of Highway 101. Image from dashcam video released by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office of a deputy stopping to help a boy running in the middle of Highway 101.
NEWPORT, OR (KPTV) -

A deputy driving on a dark highway spotted something moving in the roadway ahead.

He slowed down as someone appeared to be running toward him in the middle of Highway 101.

It was a 2-year-old boy.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jeremy Gautney was heading south on the highway entering Newport at 8:55 p.m. Jan. 9 when he saw the child.

He quickly got out of his patrol car and scooped up the toddler. Gautney soon learned that the boy's frantic parents were searching for him.

The sheriff's office released dashcam video of the incident.

"We share this video as a reminder of how quickly things can go wrong and the danger and potential result of distracted driving. Please remain alert at all times while driving. Refrain from texting, cell phone use and other distractions in your vehicle while in motion, as dangers present themselves when least expected," a sheriff's office release states.

The child was not hurt and was returned to his parents.

Deputies said the family was cleaning up after a gathering at a nearby community center when the little boy slipped out through an open door and ran straight to the highway.

Deputies said it happened "in a flash of a second."

The incident was investigated thoroughly, according to the sheriff's office, and no criminal charges were filed.

The parents of the child consented to the sheriff's office releasing the video for educational purposes regarding traffic safety and the dangers of distracted driving.

"We are very thankful for Deputy Gautney's alertness and quick action that allowed for this child's safe return to his parents," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

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