Citizen intervention: civilians assist officers in capturing fleeing suspect

Citizen intervention: civilians assist officers in capturing fleeing suspect
Citizen intervention: civilians assist officers in capturing fleeing suspect

Citizens who witnessed a deputy pursuing a suspects attempting to flee the scene of an accident subsequent to a car chase in Jefferson County assisted the officer in detaining one of the men over the weekend, on Feb. 28.

In a news release, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) Deputy Marcus McLellan reported, at 6:08 p.m. Sunday evening, a deputy stopped a silver Acura at Spur 93 and South Garden Road for a traffic violation. The Acura turned onto South Garden and stopped, but as the deputy exited his patrol unit and approached the vehicle the driver fled in the vehicle at a high rate of speed. The deputy jumped back into his patrol unit and a chase ensued. 

The deputy followed as the driver of the silver Acura maneuvered recklessly through the residential area. The suspect led the deputy down South Garden, turning onto Viterbo Road. Once the suspect vehicle turned onto Viterbo, the suspect vehicle struck another vehicle broadside and wrecked in a ditch at Celia Drive and Viterbo. Both the driver and the passenger fled the suspect vehicle on foot, with the deputy close behind.

The deputy quickly apprehended the passenger and instructed him to stay where he was as the officer continued to run after the driver. The deputy soon caught the driver and placed him in handcuffs.

The passenger attempted to get up and flee the area. Several citizens who witnesses the incident unfold assisted the deputy by stopping the passenger and holding him until other deputies arrived. 

The two suspects were identified as Robert Isaiah Paredes (the driver) and Daniel Estrada (the passenger). Both were arrested on Felony Drug Charges and transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility once being cleared by doctors at a local medical facility.

The driver of the vehicle struck by the suspects during the pursuit was not injured.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in the release that they would like to thank those citizens that assisted in the apprehension of the fleeing suspects. 

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