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Police: Good Samaritans Stopped Fleeing LA Drunk Driver on 605

A suspected drunk driver may have gotten away with causing a crash on the 605 Freeway if it wasn’t for a handful of Good Samaritans, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Los Angeles resident Keith Wardell Jones was reportedly driving 100 miles per hour on the 605 when he crashed into a Honda Pilot, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Instead of following the law, and stopping to trade information with the victims, Jones reportedly tried to flee the scene on foot, according to the Tribune.

However, a few, responding Good Samaritans prevented him from escaping.

"One of the people actually handcuffed the guy with flexcuffs," said Officer Luis Mendoza. "They put the flexcuffs on him and they made him sit down."

Under the California Vehicle Code, fleeing the scene of an accident is typically punished by less than a year of imprisonment, or a fine. However, if the accident results in permanent, serious injury of another, Jones could get a sentence of two-to-four years in prison if convicted.

Although the driver of the Pilot suffered minor-to-moderate injuries, the passenger in the vehicle reportedly suffered more serious wounds, which included injuries to the head and spine, according to Officer Doris Peniche.

Jones was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, but additional charges may be added later, according to authorities. It was reported that Jones tried to carjack another vehicle after the crash in his attempt to escape.

From the reports of his actions on Wednesday, it sounds like Jones will need an experienced DUI attorney to represent him against all of the potential charges.

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