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Ohio Man Stops Impaired Driver on Highway

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Sam Haynes, playing a guitar, poses for photo with little girl.

Sam Haynes, from his Facebook account

A man who stopped an impaired driver in Ohio on Friday says he does not consider himself a hero, as Rose-Ann Aragon writes for WCPO. Sam Haynes, of Amelia, was driving home from work when he spotted a car “swerving ‘all over’ eastbound I-275 near Kellogg Avenue,” writes Henry Molski for the Cincinatti Enquirer, in an article appearing on USA Today. The 26-year-old construction worker’s first thought was of his sister, who lost her ability to walk after a 2009 car accident in which she was struck head-on by an impaired driver, Molski writes.

Molski writes of Haynes:

His heart and mind immediately starting racing.

‘I couldn’t believe it,’ Haynes said. ‘I was like, “I need to get behind this lady. She’s going to hurt someone.” ‘

Haynes saw that the car’s driver, a woman, had two wheels in the grassy median between the north- and southbound lanes, Aragon writes. Seeking to prevent an accident like the one that disabled his sister, Haynes pulled alongside the woman, honked his horn, and shouted for her to stop, which she did. He then called 911, Aragon writes.

As Aragon reports, officials said they found 43-year-old Sandra Harris with her head on the steering wheel. They needed to “rustle” her to get her to respond to them. Harris, of Mount Orab, told police she had used meth and heroin before driving, Aragon writes.

The deputies charged Harris with Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI) and failure to stay in the marked lanes, Aragon writes. Aragon reports that Harris wrote the following on Facebook before deleting her account: “Attention TO EVERYONE, I MADE A MISTAKE I SHOULDN’T HAVE HAD THEM FEW DRINKS, I was already tired and fell asleep.” Harris also wrote that she was sure that most people have made mistakes they regretted and that no one is perfect, Aragon writes.

Meanwhile the video that Haynes made when he saw her car swerving has gone viral. The video, which contains some foul language, shows Harris repeatedly saying she is sorry after Harris pulls her over. Haynes asks her, “Do you feel like you should be driving?”

“All this hero talk on Facebook, that’s unnecessary. I don’t feel like I’m a hero in any way,” Haynes says in a news video. He adds that he was just reacting, just doing what he hoped someone else would do. Haynes captioned the video on Facebook: “For all you dope fiends who thinks its ok to do what you do and drive, this is what you look like. Excuse my language.” The video had been viewed 1,958,964 times and shared 31,649 times as of Monday afternoon.

Molski writes that a few moments after Haynes stopped recording Harris, she passed out. Haynes waited with her until two sheriff’s deputies arrived. Officials said Harris would probably have a court appearance this week, Molski writes, adding that Haynes would like to see stronger penalties for DUI offenses.


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