Dramatic dashcam video captured the moment a hero truck driver turned his rig into a battering ram to stop a fleeing murder suspect who led police on a lengthy pursuit in California.
Michael Caleb Reed, 35, who was wanted in a March 28 homicide in Oildale, and a female passenger took off in a pickup from the San Diego area about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and headed north toward Riverside County, NBC Los Angeles reported.
He then led police through streets in the Pomona area, where he drove on the wrong side of the road on Hill Boulevard around 6:20 p.m. when he swerved near a truck, causing it to collide with a sedan, according to the station.
Reed later pulled into a 99 Cents Store parking lot, clipping another truck before exiting and speeding away – as he appeared to toss some objects from the vehicle along the way.
The chase finally ended in Claremont, Los Angeles County, thanks to the efforts of truck driver Ahmed Shabaan, who rammed his rig into the suspect’s vehicle.
“I waited for him, and then when I just waited for the right moment and I blocked him and hit him,” Shabaan told CBS Los Angeles.
“Because if I didn’t stop him, he was going to kill somebody else, and that was my main concern,” added the daring trucker, who shared his dash cam video with the station.
Both Reed and the woman in his pickup were taken into custody but she was later released, according to police.
Reed, who was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, is accused of killing Michael Lewis, 40, NBC Los Angeles reported.
Reed has a lengthy rap sheet, includes arrests for rape, burglary, possession of a firearm and DUI, according to KGET.
He also was arrested following a pursuit in the Bay Area last year that left a Eureka cop injured.