Floyd Briggs, a resident of Chickasha, Oklahoma, put his body on the line to bring a stop to a police chase involving a motorcyclist.
Rushing out in to the street in front of the oncoming bike, Briggs forced the motorcyclist to swerve and lose control.
Police had initially given chase after spotting the motorcycle doing over 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Describing the incident, Briggs said, “And he laid that bike over about here and slid all the way to that pickup. He got up, run around that fence right there and I just went after him.”
Explaining that his main concern was the risk posed to others, Briggs added,
“I said 'I gotta stop this guy before he hurts a little kid.’ I ain’t no football player either.”
After the motorcyclist, Michael Coppedge, was forced to abandon his bike, Briggs chased him on foot in the direction of the waiting police officers.
Briggs was glad the officers were close by.
"I was running out of steam very quick. I'm not very aerodynamic.”
Police confirmed that Coppedge was arrested and later released after being charged with alluding police officers and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage.
Coppedge claimed that the only reason he fled the scene was because he had no license or insurance for his vehicle.
Briggs was surprised that someone would go to such lengths to avoid the police if that was the only thing involved.
“That's not a serious thing right there... you get a ticket, slap on the hand, pay your fine, and go fix your problem.”
Briggs had no regrets after the incident, apart from some of the language he used while pursuing Coppedge.
"I did use some language that just isn't how I talk...Some of the words I used, I was pretty worked up. I'm sorry for that," Briggs said.
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