Police: Man holds hit-and-run suspect at gunpoint

Published On: Jan 30 2013 09:01:32 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 31 2013 11:19:40 AM EST

A witness who saw hit-and-run driver hit a pedestrian Wednesday night held the the suspect at gunpoint until police could arrive, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.


A hit-and-run suspect was held at gunpoint Wednesday night by a man who witnessed the accident, according to authorities.

State troopers said 26-year-old Tracy Isbell, of Covington, Ga., was driving a white pickup truck and hit 30-year-old Joseph Bastian, of Jacksonville, at the intersection of Southside and Atlantic boulevards just before 8 p.m. Investigators said witnesses told them Isbell was driving erratically down Southside before hitting a curb, a yield sign, and then the pedestrian.

After realizing he had two flat tires, Isbell pulled into a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the corner of Southside and Atlantic, police said. According to authorities, he tried to leave, but was stopped by a man in the parking lot. The man detained Isbell at gunpoint until police arrived, authorities said.

Police said Isbell resisted arrest when officers arrived. According to officers, Isbell appeared "extremely intoxicated," and drugs and a weapon were found in his truck.

Police told Channel 4 Isbell likely faces charges of felony hit-and-run, possession and resisting arrest. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Bastian was transported to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with serious injuries.

The road in the area was closed Wednesday night.


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