Man Manages to Stop Driver From Swerving Head-On Into Traffic
Anthony Braithwaite said he caught a man on camera, swerving around on a Los Angeles street — nearly hitting other cars head on.
Anthony Braithwaite knew he had to do something when he says he caught a man swerving around on a Los Angeles street — nearly hitting other cars head on.
"The video didn't even show it all," Braithwaite told InsideEdition.com. "He was swerving all the way to the left and all the way to the right. He had almost hit a bunch of people."
Braithwaite said he was on his way to his friend’s house to discuss ways they could uplift their community when he spotted the stranger.
"I didn't know if he was going to keep going, you know, and go toward my friend's house where my niece and nephews might be playing," he said.
So he pulled the man over.
"And so he fortunately, he turned down the same street I was turning down, and at that moment, I was like, ‘This is the time I have to do it.’"
He continued: "I drove up next to him, and kind of blocked him in, and yelled out of my window, 'Pull over, pull over right now.'"
In the video, Braithwaite can be heard telling the man to stop his car and rest.
"Turn it off for a second. Take the keys out and all that, man. I'm saving you, whoever you're trying to hit," Braithwaite tells the man.
Braithwaite believes that because he drives a dark-colored car the man might have thought he was a detective. Braithwaite clarified that he works as a bouncer at a bar and has no affiliation with law enforcement.
When Braithwaite threatened to call the police, he said the man finally received his message. Braithwaite said he decided not to alert authorities because the man ended up cooperating with him and wasn't belligerent.
In the video, the frightening ordeal finally comes to an end with the man parking, getting out of the car and stumbling off.
"An older gentleman who lives in the area, he came over and you know he said, 'Thank you, we appreciate that from us living in this neighborhood.'"
Even after that, Braithwaite said he was hesitant to leave, worried the man might try to get back into his car.
"And the guy was like, ‘No don't worry about that. We're out here hanging out, you know playing dominoes or whatever. So we're going to keep an eye on him.’ Sure enough, when I left [my friend's house later], his car was still there some hours later. So I guess they did what they said they were going to do."
Incredibly, Braithwaite said he didn't get scared.
"It’s part of my job so even when I leave, in my mind, I'm still a protector you know. I protect my friends, I protect my family, you know as much as I can."
He also attributes his actions to rapper and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle, who was violently killed in Los Angeles last month.
"Nipsey's legacy and what he was doing for our community has passed on to a lot of people and you know thankfully you know the Marathon [Clothing, Nipsey's store] is continuing you know like he says."
At this point, Braithwaite said no one has contacted him with information on who that driver is.
"Hopefully he got home safe and slept it off and remembers this and sees this and is like 'I can't do that anymore,'" he said.
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