Surrey, British Columbia is well known as a spot where you’re at serious risk of having your car stolen if you leave it somewhere unattended, and if you hear about a drive-by shooting on the news in British Columbia and you guessed it happened in Surrey, you’d may be right. The crime in the city has become rampant in some areas, and although police have struggled to crack down, concerned citizens are beginning to become fed up.
That’s why it’s not that surprising what happened in the city recently, only it wasn’t an incident that had to do with car theft or firearms. A group of drivers decided to take action after they witnessed a suspected drunk driver smash into several cars and try to flee the scene.
It happened on a busy road early one Sunday morning. The suspected drunk driver smashed into one vehicle, then another, and stopped while up on the median. A group of people approached his vehicle, so he jumped out with a knife in his hand and tried to run away.
That’s when the group went after the man and managed to keep him at the scene until police arrived. When police attempted to take him into custody, he tried to flee again, and it was only he was apprehended. The man is now facing numerous charges including impaired driving and driving a vehicle with stolen license plates.
This suspect may not have been caught had he not been corralled by a group of bystanders, but it’s worth a reminder that stopping and attempting to detain a suspected drunk driver, whether or not he has a weapon, can be dangerous. If you take a look at the recommendations from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for reporting a suspected drunk driver, they advise you to note the license plate, where the person is driving, stay away from the driver, and contact the police by calling 911.
Thankfully no one was injured and the suspect was apprehended, but it could have easily played out another way. If you see someone you suspect of drunk driving, gather as many details as possible and contact 911 as soon as you can.