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Truck driver spots police in hot pursuit of a suspect and decides to cut the chase short
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Truck driver spots police in hot pursuit of a suspect and decides to cut the chase short

Tulsa police were spared a lengthy foot chase Thursday after a bystander decided to lend a hand and some brute force.

According to the Tulsa Police Department, officers approached a couple near 8th and Denver Avenue for questioning.

In bodycam footage of the encounter, it appears as though the young man, later identified as Miguel Hernandez, gave a false name: "David."

Had he given his real name, police would have made quick work of connecting it to felony warrants for burglary, conspiracy, larceny, and illegal firearm possession out of Rogers County, Oklahoma.

"David, if you wanna have a seat right here for me please," said the officer, indicating the curb and waiting on the elderly woman who had been with Hernandez to produce some identification.

The elderly woman fired a confused look toward the officer upon hearing the false moniker, noting that "David" was not Hernandez's name.

Upon being exposed, Hernandez meandered slowly over to the curbside, then bolted full-tilt across the four-lane road.

Once the suspect had a proper head start, the officers gave chase, crossing the Denver Avenue and trailing him at a distance up the sidewalk on the far side.

It's unclear who ultimately would have won the footrace because up ahead, the driver of a black truck who had just pulled over decided he'd cut things short.

The driver was hard to miss, given his bright orange shirt, and proved even harder to evade. He squared off with his arms ready to grapple or tackle as the suspect closed in.

The suspect attempted a last-second feint, but the driver still managed to wrap him and bring him to the ground.

Hernandez yelled as he went down, "Why you do me like that, homie?"

As soon as the officer made contact, the unnamed driver relinquished his hold on the suspect, then sauntered back to his truck as if nothing had happened.

According to the TPD, extra to his previous felony warrants, Hernandez was also arrested for resisting arrest and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The department noted on Facebook, "We love our citizens and greatly appreciate all the support that we get from you, this was definitely a case of 110% support. Please put your own safety first before engaging with any nefarious characters."

Watch the encounter here:

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