A video has recently gone viral of a good Samaritan in Lake Worth, Texas tackling a drunk driver who was trying to flee the scene after he crashed his vehicle and killed an off-duty police officer.
Dylan Molina, 26, had just been served eight double vodka Red Bull cocktails and 16 shots of alcohol before he got into his rental Jeep and started driving. It wasn’t long before he smashed head-on into another car carrying cop Alex Cervantes and his family.
Cervantes died at the scene, and his wife and two sons were badly injured.
In the video that was taken by a bystander, Molina is seen pacing back and forth at the scene of the crash. Seconds later, he took off running, but he didn’t get very far because a man named Justin Gonzalez took off after him, tackling him and holding him down.
“You stay right there, motherf***er!” Gonzalez yelled at Molina as he pinned him to the ground. “You f***ing killed somebody, you motherf***er!”
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Meanwhile, bystanders back at the crash site were frantically trying to get into the car to help the family trapped inside the vehicle that Molina, a now convicted felon, smashed into.
After the incident, Gonzalez spoke to FOX 4 Dallas about the moment his adrenaline kicked in and he jumped into action.
“I wanted him down. I wanted him down with,” Gonzalez said. “I wanted the cops to be there to get him.”
The good Samaritan also apologized for the explicit language he uses in the video after pinning Molina to the ground.
“I’d like to apologize for my language I was using,” he said. “At that time, I just blacked out. I had the father instincts, the dad instincts. Because two seconds later, it would’ve been my car.”
Gonzalez, a father of four, also said that he could tell Molina was drunk when he walked up to him, and he had the feeling he was going to try and flee the scene.
“Something in me was telling me he’s going to run. Something’s not right in the situation. I could feel something was not right in the situation,” he said. “I figured he was still walking behind me. But at that point, it’s when he turned around and started running. At that point when he started running, something clicked again.”
Molina was not the only person charged in relation to the deadly collision.
A local bartender was also arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly overserving alcohol.
Lake Worth Police Chief J.T. Manoushagian commented on this charge, saying, “Eight doubles, 16 single shots, is more than anybody should have in a three-hour period. Maybe even at all.”
Molina will serve 15 years in prison for his actions.