Truck driver who helped stop wild freeway chase speaks outPosted: Updated:
It was a wild night on I-17 Friday night as a car chase suspect tried to evade police, and ended up jumping out of his car and running right into traffic... with his dog!
The driver didn't surrender easily, but troopers were finally able to take him into custody.
The suspect in the chase was identified Saturday night as David Matthew Milligan, 29. He faces charges of aggravated assault, aggravated DUI (suspended license), theft as a means of transport and unlawful flight from law enforcement.
We brought you exclusive, live video of this chase and the aftermath as our news helicopter hovered overhead.
Thankfully, no one was hurt during this freeway drama.
[Raw video: Police chase on I-17 in Phoenix]
We're now hearing from the man who helped bring the situation to an end.
Casey Weaver was just driving home along the I-17 when he spotted the commotion.
"I noticed this person, and a dog jumping this fence between 1-17, southbound and northbound."
Then he felt the movement as a DPS trooper jumped on the back of his truck, hitching a quick ride to where the suspect had ended up a short distance down the freeway.
"All this activity is happening in front of you, and then you feel something behind you, the whole bed moves, and then, yeah, it was split decision in the moment and I thought, let's do it, let's see if we can help out, and fortunately we did," Weaver said.
"He actually jumped on the back of the bed right here, and used the hitch where he was standing, and hunkered down on it," Weaver described the actions of the quick-thinking trooper.
The Glendale dad said he had just picked up his 14-year-old daughter Amber, when he found himself in the middle of the action.
"I looked in my rearview mirror and I could see the reflection, and that this is an officer," he recalled."He said 'go, go, let's go get him.'"
Weaver, a telecommunications engineer, says all he could think about was staying calm, and keeping his daughter safe.
"Wow this is happening!" his daughter, Amber Lopez, recalled thinking. "We're going right now, and we're catching a criminal."
The whole experience has been humbling for Weaver, and he says he's just happy he could help an officer in need.
"I just tried to keep my cool, and tried to make sure it was okay for him, and we were gaining on this person, and tried to hold it together for those few seconds that seemed like a long time," Weaver said.
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