SYRACUSE, Utah — A good Samaritan in Utah used his pick-up truck like a ram rod to stop a 14-year-old joyrider who drove through a park narrowly missing several children, FOX 13 reports.
As police began to pursue the suspect, who reportedly stole his grandfather’s car, he took off. During the chase the minor drove the stolen car through Founders Park as children frantically ran out-of-the-way.
The TV-station reports the chase ended around 6:12 p.m. at 1500 S. Banbury Drive in Syracuse when the suspect collided with a pickup truck.
The driver of the truck, Bryson Rowley, told FOX 13 he intentionally used his truck as a ram rod to stop the fleeing vehicle because he was afraid for the safety of his and other children at park.
“The person driving the truck could see it was turning back into the park, and he did not want the car to hit all of the children, or any of the children, and he actually pulled his truck in the way so the car collided with the truck,” Officer Erin Behm with the Syracuse Police Department said.
“My heart dropped,” Rowley’s wife, Brandy said. “I honestly thought one of those kids is going to die.”
Police said the 14-year-old was taken to a nearby juvenile detention center.