Caught on Cam: Citizen arrests suspected drunk driver

Cell phone video catches an erratic driver weaving back and forth through the River Oaks area. A local family decided to take things into their own hands for the public's safety.

HOUSTON - As the sun set over River Oaks last Saturday, the scene on the road in front of Alejandro Fernandez and his family was anything but picturesque.

This family watched in horror and recorded on their cell phone as a white mustang careened out of control while trying to drive down West Alabama Street.

They tell us they were worried that the driver was going to kill someone, so they took matters into their own hands by making a citizen’s arrest.

Fernandez said he started following the driver because, “I saw the right side of his car was gone and he was going everywhere. He almost hit me. I was actually going the other way.”

He said he was headed to dinner with his family, but said he felt compelled to call 911 and tail the alleged drunk driver all the way to Central Market.

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. He felt he had to use physical force to prevent the suspected intoxicated driver from speeding away.

He and others held the driver—who Houston Police have identified as 28-year-old Sirkon Ash—until the authorities arrived.

“His car was a weapon—so anything we did was justified I think,” Fernandez said. “He could’ve killed anybody."

Investigators charged Ash with DWI. It was his third offense, so now it’s a felony charge.

He’s currently out of jail on bond. He didn't respond to our requests to speak with him.

 

© 2017 KHOU-TV


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