A good citizen stopped to assist a law enforcement officer in a dangerous situation along I-75 in Florida for a second time in less than a month.
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a speeding car. Soon after, the men became hostile and resisted arrest.
The trooper was outnumbered – until a passing retired police officer stopped to help.
Jeffery Duclos, a veteran and former Rhode Island police officer, said when he saw the trooper wrestling a man on the ground – alone – his training and 30 years of law enforcement work kicked in.
“I saw the trooper on the ground in a confrontation with the person,” Duclos noted.
He said he did not hesitate to stop his car despite busy traffic along I-75 in Collier County.
“I think more people ought to be prepared to help,” Duclos explained.
The officer had stopped Richard Lazo Torres and Isaac Ruiz Wilson because Lazo Torres was driving more than 100 mph.
But when they got to the side of the road, Lazo Torres tried to switch places with Wilson so the officer wouldn’t was driving because he has a suspended license.
“I think the kid saw me coming, so he basically surrendered,” Duclos commented.
He also pointed out the danger in the situation.
“Other people are in the car. If they come out, he’s got a major problem.”
Of interest, this is the second time a passerby has helped a law enforcement officer on I-75 in the last few weeks. An unidentified passerby shot and killed Edward Strother, who was attacking a Lee County sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop.