Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Witnesses of Accident Tackle Fleeing Driver

Sometimes citizens choose to get very involved in events they witness. That was just the case recently at 119th Street and 69 Hwy. Although we don’t encourage this much involvement due to safety concerns, the following two men went above and beyond to assist police.

Recently two citizens witnessed a one-car accident that occurred at 119th Street and 69 Hwy. Witnesses said the vehicle drove very fast southbound on the ramp from 69 Hwy to 119th street. The vehicle was unable to stop, and struck the raised island between the left turn and right turn lanes on 119th Street. The vehicle became stuck, high centered, on the island.

Once the driver realized he was stuck, he got out of the car and took off running. The two witnesses chose to chase the driver, and eventually caught and tackled him to the ground. One witness held the driver to the ground while the other called and waved down police.

As a precaution, the driver was taken to a local hospital. Officers conducted a DUI investigation and the results of that investigation are pending. No charges have been filed at this time.

These men made the decision to become physically involved in this situation. Their action was beneficial and neither sustained any injuries. If you find yourself in a similar situation please consider your personal safety before you take action.

*Not actual car from event, showing high centered on a median.