BOSSIER CITY, LA - JANUARY 25: Shreveport Police Officer Cpl. Will Bates makes a late night traffic stop as the driver hands officer Bates his drivers? license January 25, 2005 in Bossier City, LA. The Supreme Court gave police broader search powers during traffic stops, ruling that drug-sniffing dogs can be used to check motorists. (Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

A cop in Fort Worth, Texas was checking on a car on the side of the interstate last month, when a drunk driver side-swiped his patrol car . . . plowed into the car that was stopped . . . flipped HIM over the hood . . . and into the middle of the next lane over.

But somehow he got his bearings, got UP, and held the drunk guy until backup arrived.  And he only ended up with a hyper-extended foot and a fractured vertebra.