VIA| Sometimes people are in the right place at the right time. And for Joey Thomas and William Byrum, two complete strangers, they were brought together for a moment that likely saved a woman’s life.
While driving along I-205 in Vancouver, WA, traffic suddenly slowed. Then they looked over at another car and witnessed the grotesque. Darrell Classen, 26, a repeat offender, was punching a woman in the face inside a moving vehicle.
The car was pulled over and the woman ran into traffic to escape the abusive person. But Classen chased after her.
“At that point I got out of my truck and me and a couple other guys started chasing him,” said Thomas.
“I picked him up and just slammed him down on the ground so that I could get on top of him,” he said.
Thomas and Byrum then pinned the man face down on the side of the road and they have the picture to prove it.
“Yeah, you’re going to jail. We are gonna sit here until the cops get here and you’re going to jail,” Byrum told the perpetrator. “That smile and that face of triumph of taking this guy down and handling him, that’s priceless man,” he said referring to the photo.
If Thomas and Byrum didn’t act quickly, the woman might have been badly hurt…or worse.
“The way I look at it is, you don’t hit women. I would hope if it were my wife or my mom, somebody else would have taken action if I wasn’t there,” said Thomas.
Although the woman was shaken up, she’s on the path to recovery, police say.
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