Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth made a citizen’s arrest on Friday after witnessing a man rear-end a woman and push her car into an SUV.
After the accident, which occurred near the state Capitol, Roth cut through a parking lot and cut the offender off at an intersection.
“I pulled in front of him and blocked his car and told him to get out,” Roth told The Oklahoman. “I told him what he did was illegal and he was leaving the scene of an accident and that we should go back and see if everyone was OK.”
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Roth said several other people stopped to see what was going on and helped him block the man’s car. Roth said he called 911, and Oklahoma City police quickly arrived and arrested the man.
Knight said Mallikarjuna Pawgad Mutt, 23, was arrested on a complaint of leaving the scene of an accident and two traffic violations. Knight said Mutt, an OCU student, told officers he fled because he only had a learner’s permit and not a driver’s license.
“Any time you are involved in a traffic accident, you need to stop,” Knight said. “It’s not just for safety reasons. If you flee the scene of an accident, you are just adding to the number of charges you are going to be facing.”
Roth said at least one woman involved in the wreck was treated by paramedics.
He said he never considered whether the man might be armed or that confronting him could be dangerous.
“It just outraged me that he rear-ended a young lady and his instinct was to flee the scene instead of helping her,” Roth said. “It offended me.”