SPOKANE, Wash. -

She's a longtime TV news producer, but, on Wednesday evening, Tracy Kusler wasn't writing the news but rather part of it when a suspected drunk driver slammed into her car and then sped away.

Kusler was on her way home when she was hit by a suspected drunk driver on Highway 195 near Qualchan Road.

"I noticed headlights in my rear view mirror," she said. "Somebody coming up fast behind me."

Kusler thought maybe that driver would go around her as she drove down Highway 195 going 50 miles an hour. But the driver had other plans.

"She hit me full force from the back and just pushed my car and lurched forward, and I did the whole whiplash thing," she said.

Tracy pulled off of the highway in shock. The person who hit her had pulled over in the same area.

"I had no idea what this person's frame of mind was," Kusler explained. "I didn't know if they had a gun, I didn't know if it was a man or a woman."

She called 911 and it turned out a couple driving on Highway 195 saw the whole thing.

"All of a sudden, you just see this car out of nowhere come off the ramp, hit this lady's car," said Sonia Richardson, one of the witnesses.

Sonia and Dale Richardson pulled over to see if Tracy was okay, but then the driver of the other car took off.

"We pulled up behind the lady in the blue car, and she backs up and around us and aims right for our passenger door, then she takes off and gets back on 195 and we're like, 'Oh my God,'" Richardson said.

But Sonia and Dale weren't going to let the driver get away.

"We followed her right to her house where we had State Patrol meet us and take her into custody," Sonia said.

Kusler said while working in the news business – she's a producer at KXLY TV – she never expected to become the subject of a news story.

"But when [a dangerous situation] actually happens to you, you really get some perspective on it and how much you have to lose," Kusler said.

Kusler said what the Richardsons did for her is remarkable and she is very grateful.

On Thursday, the alleged driver, Kelly Davis, pleaded not guilty in court for hit and run and driving under the influence charges. She was released on her own recognizance.