Thank God there were dozens of brave Los Angelenos who jumped into action, stripping the keys from the tow trucks ignition and keeping an eye on him just in case he bolted.
A wild scene played out in the city of El Monte, California earlier this weekend (June 6,2020) when a drunk tow truck driver and his flat bed with a full load ran through an intersection, into a strip mall parking lot, and stopped, crashing into first into an electrical box and then into a gate separating his several-tons truck from a house with kids in it. The entire ordeal was caught on camera including his inevitable arrest.
On the intersection of Valley Blvd. and Baldwin Ave, a tiny strip mall with a laundromat, oil change, mobile store, and donut shop was busy with business as the sun set towards golden hour.
Then, from off of Valley Blvd, a flatbed tow truck from Angel’s City Towing 2 came barrelling through the intersection, taking out a new Honda Accord, Dodge Promaster delivery van, another Honda Accord in the shopping center, and, at least seven other cars before coming to a stop in front of a laundry mat.
In the video we can see a handful of those seven other cars, side-swiped, paint stripped and body panels damaged, knocking into each other like dominos.
Before he could do any damage, dozens of El Monte residents gain access to the cab by hurling a rock into the window. The real hero is this dude, screenshots below, who somehow got a street sign, ready to use as a weapon.
Was the street sign already ripped out of the ground?
Did a surge of adrenaline with all that was happening around him give him the strength to rip it out of the ground?
Police arrive within minutes, determine that the driver is under the influence of something, and allow him to crawl out of his two truck under his own power.
His arrest was relatively calm and controlled, police not resorting to unnecessary force or drawing their weapons to secure the suspect (I’m sure that point will ruffle a few feathers.)
The suspect was reportedly treated for minor injuries but is altogether OK. The same can’t be said for the property he destroyed.
One thing’s for sure, this dude’s out of a job and slapped with at least a DUI including destruction of property.
And I’m sure insurance will have a field day working out individual claims. Thankfully, there’s video evidence.
Keep your wits about you at all times, my friends. No one expects a flat bed tow truck to coming barreling within inches of you.