Man Who Fled Accident Tackled by Retired Sheriff
The apprehension of a person who was allegedly involved in a hit and run crash can be attributed to the quick thinking action of a former Harris County Sheriff and Houston mayoral candidate.
According to law enforcement officials, Adrian Garcia was in his campaign office working when he heard a crash. When he looked outside the office he saw a man fleeing the scene of the accident.
In a split second, Garcia took action in a way that may have been considered second nature to him. Garcia chased the man who was running form the scene of the accident and held him down until police could arrive on the scene.
Garcia, a former sheriff himself, caught the suspect approximately a block from where the crash had occurred.
The man was one of two people inside a white Mercedes that crashed into the back of a truck stopped at the corner of West Gray. According to eyewitnesses, both people who were in the Mercedes fled the scene after their vehicle struck the truck. One of the people, a woman stopped and returned to the scene. The man however, continued to flee until he was apprehended by Garcia.
Camera footage that was captured at the time of the incident shows Garcia with his knee in the back of the suspect holding him down until authorities arrive to arrest him. ”
The man and his 12-year-old son who were inside the truck at the time of the crash were not injured in the incident.
The crash is still currently under investigation by police.
At times, when someone is involved in an accident, it can be difficult to fight the instinct of fight or to flee the scene. Even when an accident is minor, such as this one was that basic human instinct can be overwhelming and cause them to run. It doesn’t matter if it is fear or another reason that causes a person to flee; it’s against the law to leave the scene of an accident without at least exchanging insurance information first. In many states, it is also the law that anyone involved in an accident has to stay until they are released from the scene by law enforcement.
Even if there are no injuries involved in a collision, and even if there are no charges involved at the scene of the accident, it doesn’t mean that there might not be charges filed later.
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