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Criminal Justice Student Catches Drunk Driver on Highway. Forces Him Out of Car

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Deandre Lewis, 20, was driving home in Texas on Feb. 27 in the middle of rush hour when a pickup truck flew past him on the highway.

The criminal justice major quickly became alarmed when he witnessed the truck attempt to get onto the highway and run over a concrete barrier. The truck bounced off the divider and came to a stop just before rolling into oncoming traffic.

Lewis suspected the driver was drunk, so he parked his car and hopped out to confront him, recording a video of the incident.

When he approached the truck, his suspicions were confirmed. The man inside was clearly intoxicated, and Lewis demanded he open the driver door.

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“Hey, man, you done driving. Get out the car,” Lewis yelled to him through the window. “You done driving. That’s it. Get out.”

Eventually, the man, later identified as 61-year-old Manuel Rodriguez-Rojas, opened the car door to talk to Lewis.

Lewis knew he needed to stop Rodriguez-Rojas from continuing to drive in his condition.

“You drunk. Get out. Get out of the car,” he demanded again. Another driver pulled over to help, and Lewis quickly told them to call the police.

As Rodriguez-Rojas attempted to talk his way out of things, it was clear Lewis wasn’t going to put up with it.

Lewis told the driver again that he was “done” and demanded he put the car into park before he could hurt anyone.

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Police were able to arrive on the scene around 6:30 p.m. and immediately arrested Rodriguez-Rojas.

New information has revealed that he was eventually charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

This, however, is not the driver’s first time being charged with that offense. Police told the media that this is his third time committing the infraction.

Lewis’ video has since been posted to Twitter, and has been retweeted over 20,000 times with over 417,000 views and 43,000 likes.

“Who knows what could have happened after that,” he later said. “That would have been so much more horrible than it was.”

Lewis also hopes that the incident can serve as a warning for others who may consider driving drunk that “people are always watching.”

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Liz is a story editor for The Western Journal. A graduate of the University of San Francisco and the Columbia Publishing Course, Liz has a passion for telling stories that inspire kindness.
Liz is a story editor for The Western Journal. A graduate of the University of San Francisco and the Columbia Publishing Course, Liz has a passion for telling stories that inspire kindness.
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