My wife, a friend and I were in Montana visiting my kids. We were north bound on Highway 191 south of Four Corners near Bozeman Montana. A car pulled out of a bar in front of us and went into on coming traffic almost hitting a south bound vehicle doing 70+.
The driver was an obvious DUI, he was back and forth over center line and fog line. I called 911, but being Montana the closest deputy was about 25 miles away in Bozeman.
While on with the dispatcher the guy went over the center line and almost hit another vehicle head on. The second time he crossed over into on coming traffic, if the other car hadn't gone completely off the road, he would have hit them head on. I told the dispatcher I was going to go ahead and stop the vehicle and arrest the guy before he killed someone. I told her I was a former Gallatin County deputy, I had worked undercover and had stopped vehicles this way many times.
I gave the phone to my wife, also a former LEO, and pulled in front of the DUI vehicle slowing to a rapid stop not allowing him to pass. My friend was also a former LEO but wasn't used to doing drug type stops. I told him to just back me up, and move the car as fast as he could to clear traffic.
We stopped and I went out the drivers side as my friend went out the passengers side. The element of surprise is a wonderful thing, I opened his door, told him he was under arrest, and put him on the ground on the side of the road.
He had a gun under his seat, and I advised my partner. For some unknown reason, (we were all packing) he pulled his gun at this point. I told him to put it away, the guy was under control, and to move the car. He pulled the DUI car off the road as my wife pulled our rig to the side, it all took about 45 seconds.
As we were on with one 911 dispatcher, a Montana Power employee who was behind us was also on the phone with another 911 dispatcher, and he was freaking out. All he knew was a couple guys just drug a guy out of his car at gun point right in front of him
The deputy responding was pretty young, I would guess either not long out of academy, or hadn't gone yet. He had just run 25 miles at well over 100 mph in moderate traffic, while listening to what the dispatcher was relaying from the Montana Power employee.
the deputy was pretty shook up when he got there, he was actually shaking, so we put the DUI in his back seat, and sat him down in his patrol car and explained things as he calmed down a little.
The guy turned out to be the son of a Montana State legislator, and had been arrested for DUI before. I guess the legislator made a fuss because the sheriff chewed our butts, but everything turned out OK.
I will never know why my friend pulled his gun, I guess if he was still on the job it would have been SOP, but not for a citizen. They always tell us that when things go south, our training will take over, and we just react. I haven't found my off switch yet.....
I attached an article from the Bozeman Chronicle, and one from the Seattle Times about this stop.
What would you have done?