May 9, 2014
Meet Russell George. Russell was driving Stott Street one Sunday night last year, when he noticed a police van driving fast and recklessly.
The van was swerving and turned into oncoming traffic.
“At this point I was concerned about the safety of other road users,” self-employed George told The Witness.
“He suddenly jammed on his brakes and came to a complete stop.”
“I got out of my car and went towards him and I asked him if he knew what he was doing. He started his car and carried on driving,” he said.
Continuing to drive recklessly, the policeman turned into Logan Road and came to a stop at the Howard Road intersection.
George decided it would be best to call the police. He was told the police would be there shortly.
“After five minutes, no one had arrived. So I jumped out of my car and I approached the driver’s side and asked him to come out. He looked at me and I could smell that he had been drinking.
“I asked him again, and he refused.
“I then grabbed his keys, pulled him out and locked him in the back of his own van,” George said.
He added that the police van was badly damaged, as if it had been involved in an accident.
Witnesses said that the officer who’d been locked in the back of the van began crying.
Russell George, we salute you sir! This took some serious guts and you are very lucky that the responding officers did not beat you down.