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Good Samaritan who stopped carjacking suspect: "Any person would have done the same"

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A man who led police on a chase in Salem, crashed into a pickup and tried carjacking a woman was stopped and arrested Wednesday afternoon, thanks to the help of a good Samaritan.

It all started just after 12:30 p.m. when an Oregon State Police trooper tried to stop a speeding Ford Explorer heading north on I-5 near milepost 250.

The driver of the Ford began to drive recklessly, according to investigators, so the trooper ended the pursuit.

A short time later, police said the Ford pulled off at the Mission Street exit, and crashed into a Toyota pickup.

Zubin Rastegar saw the whole thing as he drove into work.

“The first thing I heard was a loud sound, sounded like a freight train,” Rastegar said of the impact of the crash.

He was in his car, behind a woman in a red Volkswagen, and said they both jumped out of their cars to see if anyone was hurt in the crash.

But the suspect jumped into the woman’s Volkswagen and started to drive off.

“That’s when we chased after him,” Rastegar told Fox 12. 

He said the suspect only got about 20 or 30 feet away.  The driver’s door was still open, and Rastegar made his move.

“I just jumped in and tried to shut the car off and put it in park,” he recalled. “The owner of the [Volkwagen] tried to stop him too, but she got kind of dragged by the vehicle.  Her foot got run over.”

Troopers said they were able to arrest the suspect thanks to Rastegar slowing him down.

“He had drugs on him and needles, a whole bunch of cash,” Rastegar said.

At first, not knowing who was the carjacking suspect and who was the good Samaritan, Rastegar said he was picked up and nearly tackled by an officer, and the suspect tried telling police Rastegar was the bad guy – but it didn’t work.

“I’m new to Oregon, I’ve only been here two years,” he said.  “So this was pretty interesting.”

He said it wasn’t until it was all over that he – and responding officers – realized the suspect had a gun.

He said he never saw him pull the weapon, but it was tucked away on his person.

Even so, Rastegar said, he’d try to stop him all over again.

“Any person would have done the same, I’m pretty sure,” he said, adding that he hoped the person in the pickup is okay and that the suspect gets some help.

The suspect has not yet been identified.

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