06/20/2012 03:24 pm ET

Former Drunk Driver, Mark Allen, Reunites With The Police Officer Who Arrested Him To Celebrate 9 Years Of Sobriety

To celebrate his ninth year of sobriety, a Nebraska man has found the police officer who he says "saved [his] life," CNN affiliate reports.

Almost a decade ago, reality TV producer Mark Allen was arrested by Omaha police officer Chuck Matson for driving under the influence. He was eventually charged in court and slapped with probation and fines. It was his third DUI.

Though initially angry, Allen said that the arrest soon changed his life -- for the better.

"Before I got stopped that night, I didn't know how to stop drinking. It was the first time in my life that I really started listening and thinking I might have a problem and doing what it took to get better," he said.

Now sober for nine years, Allen, who has produced reality shows like 'The Bachelor' and 'Supernanny,' has long wanted to thank Matson in person for helping him.

According to, Allen, who now lives in Los Angeles, Calif., was finally able to get in touch with Matson and the two recently met at the Omaha police headquarters for a long-awaited reunion.

Sharing a tearful embrace with his arresting officer, Allen -- who called the meeting "one of the biggest moments" of his life -- expressed his gratitude.

"I've wanted to thank you in person for so long. You have no idea," he said.

Matson, who said he's never been contacted by a person he's arrested, said the reunion was a special one.

"This will be in my memory banks forever," he told