Good Samaritan talks to WPTV about following hit-and-run driver after crash in Martin County

STUART, Fla. - John Rouse's kids say he's a hero for what he did Monday night. Rouse was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Indian Street and Willoughby Boulevard in Martin County when he saw a car hit a motorcycle. The car took off and Rouse decided to follow him.

"There's been so many accidents lately it seems, hit-and-run accidents," says Rouse, "When my wife and I saw this unfold in front of us we couldn't believe it and I knew I had to do something."

Rouse called 911 and told the dispatcher where the driver was going. He started on Willoughby Boulevard then turned onto Pomeroy Street and than Graham Drive into the Martins Crossing neighborhood.

As he followed the car, Rouse was worried the driver might hit somebody else or target him.

"You never know what state of mind they're in so sure there was definitely a concern for that," says Rouse.

A few minutes later the chase was over and the Martin County Sheriff's Office arrested the driver.

"It was extreme relief that it was over that everybody was safe," says Rouse.

James Morris is charged with DUI and failure to stop among other charges.

Rouse says his kids think he's a hero for following Morris.

"As parents I think it's important that we try and lead by example," says Rouse.

The Sheriff's Office says the victim has serious injuries but he's expected to survive. 

Rouse says a deputy told him that police don't encourage people to follow hit and run drivers but in this case rouse did it the right way.

He stayed back and called 911.


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