A driver who fled the scene while receiving a ticket from an Irving police officer became the hero in a bizarre sequence of events Tuesday.
While writing a ticket for one driver, a second driver — who police believe was texting and driving — hit the officer’s motorcycle at an intersection of a Dallas suburb.
The motorcycle nearly hit the officer after impact, but the driver of the truck never stopped. Police say he fled the scene, and then things got even stranger when the driver who was receiving the ticket took off and chased the hit-and-run driver. He was actually able to track down that suspect a short distance away from the crash, say police.
According to WFAA, the officer involved was heard over police radio traffic saying, “I got one running, I’ve been hit on the highway. The guy I was writing a ticket to just fled.”
Dashcam video released by Irving Police shows “multiple officers apprehending the suspect in front of a La Quinta Inn & Suites.” In multiple 911 calls obtained by News 8, passersby told police that a man with a knife had another man pinned to the ground outside the hotel.
Turns out, police say, the man holding down the suspect was the original driver who was pulled over. It‘s still unclear exactly how the first driver got the suspect to the ground after the brief chase.
That driver would not receive a ticket, police told News 8. He was given a warning instead.