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Caught on camera: Citizen arrests suspected drunken driver

Caught on camera: Citizen arrests suspected drunken driver

In the Newsflare caption, Fernandez wrote that he was showing visiting family members from Venezuela around town when they spotted the alleged drunk driver.

Everyday citizens actually moved in to make an arrest themselves and the camera was rolling the whole time.

Alejandro Fernandez never imagined a night out with his family would end like this.

So how did he end up in a tussle with a stranger?

Alejandro Fernandez Favreau said he was showing his visiting family around the city when he spotted a auto that had been involved in a crash and whose driver was swerving, according to a post on his Facebook page. He says he immediately knew others on the road were in danger because the car's driver was moving erratically in and out of traffic.

"There were two [pedestrians] on the corner, and he nearly ran over them", Fernandez told WTOL-TV. "He would run the lights".

"It was insane. I've never seen anybody driving like that", Fernandez told the news station. As Fernandez was pulling away, he saw the white vehicle driving away from the restaurant, so he followed the auto - all the while speaking with a 911 operator - until the vehicle pulled into the Central Market parking lot.

In the video you can see Fernandez bang on the driver's door to try and get him out before hauling him out by the neck.

Fernandez followed the auto down the road, filming, while the driver - identified as 28-year-old Sirkon Ash - ran red lights and weaved across lanes.

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So Fernandez takes matters into his own hands. When the Mustang dangerously veers back and forth across two lanes, those inside Fernandez's auto can be heard exclaiming in surprise.

He's trapped. Fernandez goes in for the takedown.

"I just went to the vehicle and he tried to shut it off, so I put it in park", Fernandez explained to KMOV-TV.

Fernandez pulls Ash out of the vehicle. Favreau then detains the man until police arrive.

According to ABC13, Ash's police breathalyzer test showed that he was under the influence while driving.

Ash has been charged with a felony DWI because it is the third time he's been charged for driving while intoxicated.

It was a successful citizen's arrest, but some are asking Fernandez-what was he thinking?

"One because he drove while really drunk, and he crashed and died; and the other one, a few years later, died because he got hit by a drunk driver". "We had to act (quickly) to stop the guy before something bad happened". I'm really glad because I didn't want any kids or anybody to get hurt, ' Fernandez said.


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