Suspected Drunken Driver Hogtied


FARMINGTON, N.M., Jan. 19 (UPI) — A suspected drunken driver who narrowly avoided several head-on crashes in New Mexico wound up tackled and hogtied by a citizen before help arrived, police say.

San Juan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Al Jamison said witnesses saw Justin Canuto, 22, nearly cause several crashes Sunday night and followed him into a parking lot to confront him, the Farmington Daily Times reported. The suspected drunken driver allegedly became angry and tried to run away, the witnesses told authorities, and that’s when a 26-year-old man sprang into action and took Canuto down.

Deputies arrested Canuto and charged him with drunken driving, the newspaper said.

The witnesses “were all very adamant that they wanted something to happen,” Jamison said.

“It sounded like we barely avoided another head-on collision,” he said.

While authorities don’t recommend citizens take matters into their own hands, Sheriff Ken Christesen said he appreciates the efforts of the unidentified man who subdued the suspect and the other witnesses who confronted him.

“I think they were trying to save lives and if you look at that intent, I’ll stand behind them every day,” Christesen said.

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