Caught on camera: Texas man confronts alleged drunk driver
SAN ANTONIO (WOAI) - A San Antonio man’s cellphone video has gone viral.
Deandre Lewis pulled out his cellphone and started recording after seeing what he thought was a drunk driver on Feb. 27.
"I pulled out my phone, and what I thought was going to happen, happened,” Lewis told WOAI in an interview.
Since Tuesday, the cellphone video has been viewed more than a million times on social media.
The video shows a pickup truck losing control near Loop 410 and West Military Drive. Moments later, the vehicle comes to a stop on the highway, narrowly missing other cars.
“If he had gone out into the highway a little more, he could have killed somebody,” said Lewis.
Then, with his cellphone still rolling, Lewis decided to confront the driver.
“He smelled like a skunk,” he said.
Lewis, 20, said he wants to become a federal agent someday.
Manuel Rodriguez-Rojas, 61, was arrested, charged with his third possible DWI.
"It's good I got him off the street, because who knows,” said Lewis.
The San Antonio Police Department warns against confronting possible drunk drivers. Instead, it recommends calling police and keeping a safe distance.
"Leave it up to the officers to confront that person,” said Jennifer Rodriguez of the San Antonio Police Department. “Don't do it.”
Although Lewis understands his actions were dangerous, he says he’d still do the same thing.
“What I did was crazy,” he said. “I had already seen what he looked like, so I knew I wasn't going to get hurt.”