WHITE SCHEME, Texas † Police in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement thanked a Good Samaritan who assisted a cop while chasing a car theft suspect.
Police said two officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle. When they tried to stop traffic, the suspect fled. It was a long chase.
One of the officers was assisted by a Good Samaritan who saw them running and had an officer hitch a ride in his car.
The suspected car thief tried to get away from White Settlement Police on Saturday morning. Dashcam footage shows him abandoning the red sedan reported as stolen and running away.
Two officers followed him. And with temperatures already well into the high 90s, one of them — Corporal Jon Porter — ran out of steam.
Fortunately, Good Samaritan Jimmy Davis came to the rescue. He says he just saw the suspect and one of the officers walked past his house.
“I said to my wife, ‘I’ll get in the car and follow,'” he said.
Porter jumped in. And within 20 seconds, Davis had caught up with the suspect just as Porter’s partner, Officer Samuel Brown, was handcuffing him.
“I look over my shoulder and try to see who’s coming at me, and then I see Porter jumping out of the car,” the officer recalls. “It was pretty funny.”
Brown says he was exhausted after running about half a mile in the heat while carrying about 25 pounds of gear.
“I didn’t even think much about it until we got back here,” he said. “And I’m like, ‘Did you really get in someone else’s car?'”
Joshua Taylor Brown, 31, was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen credit card and evasion of arrest.
White Settlement Police Chief Chris Cook had to turn to social media to identify that Good Samaritan behind the wheel.
“If you know this man, we would really like to know his name and thank him publicly,” he said. “Because it’s not every day that someone jumps in and lends a helping hand.”
Needless to say they found him.
Davis says he was just following his instincts after years of working as a security guard.
“My intention was to stop the man from moving on,” he said. “I did what I had to do, and I’d do it again if I had to.”
Saturday’s arrest comes just four months into Brown’s tenure as an officer after being told in Southern California that the job was not an option for him.
“It’s a boring story. I was born with one arm,” he said.
But it’s clear that Brown won’t let that stop him from living his dream.
“I was excited all the time. I live for this kind of thing,” he said.
Police say it was a license plate camera that initially spotted the stolen car and alerted officers.
Currently, White Settlement has two license plate cameras. But with the help of a $20,000 state grant, the city is getting eight more.