Mermaid Waters, AUSTRALIA – Aerial footage captured the moment when a man who was out walking his dog apprehended a suspect who was fleeing from police (video below).
The incident began at approximately 8:30 a.m. on March 5 when a Queensland police officer spotted a white Toyota Hilux parked on Lakeview Boulevard, the department said in a press release.
The SUV had previously been reported as stolen.
When the officers attempted to make contact with the driver, the suspect rammed into one patrol vehicle, then reversed and slammed into a second patrol car.
Aerial footage showed an officer pounding on the window of the stolen SUV just before the second collision.
The suspect drove over tire-deflating strips, then jumped the curb and took off driving down the sidewalk and across a large grassy area, the video showed.
The fleeing suspect eventually returned to the roadway, drove into oncoming traffic, and continued “a short distance” to Dunlop Court, where he bailed out of the vehicle and took off on foot, police said.
As he sprinted across a footbridge, a citizen out for a stroll with his dog realized that something was wrong.
The citizen, identified only as a 35-year-old plumber named “Ian,” said that he heard a loud car horn just before he saw the suspect running behind a fence on the other end of the bridge, 7News reported.
“Then I heard a helicopter,” Ian said. “I saw the guy running towards me and he was looking up at the helicopter. Straight away, I thought ‘this guy’s on the run.’”
After noting that it was a police helicopter, Ian heard someone yell out, “Stop him!” he told 7News.
“I just sort of waited until he got close, turned around and gave him the old coat hanger,” he explained.
He then tackled the suspect to the pavement, the video showed.
The suspect appeared to be no match for the flip-flop-wearing dog-walker, who swiftly overpowered him and held him down until police arrived.
“He hit the deck pretty good,” Ian told 7News. “He didn’t really put up a fight… Bit of a wrestle for a few seconds but he pretty much gave up. I just sat on him and the policeman came jogging up and put him in cuffs.”
Once the officer had the suspect in custody, the good Samaritan casually resumed his stroll, giving another responding officer a low-five on his way across the bridge.
The 40-year-old suspect was arrested on charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of utensils, offenses involving registration certificates, driving a motor vehicle without a license, and dangerous operation of a vehicle, according to police.
A 16-year-old female inside the stolen SUV was also taken into custody.
Queensland police have since located the good Samaritan and personally thanked him, he told 7News.
Ian said that he doesn’t consider himself to be a hero, and that he was “just trying to do the right thing.”
“It all happened real fast. It’s not like I had a lot of time to process it,” he noted. “I’m no hero. It was just instinctive… He could have had a gun, he could have had a knife, s–t, he could have had coronavirus. None of that went through my head when I did it.”
You can watch aerial footage of the suspect’s encounter with the good Samaritan in the video below: