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Firefighter Stops DUI Suspect From Fleeing Scene

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Posted at 9:43 AM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 13:21:52-04

A firefighter has been credited with stopping an accused drunk driver from leaving the scene of a single-vehicle crash.

The crash happened Saturday evening on 3rd Avenue South.

Officials from the Metro Nashville Police Department said 28-year-old Ronald David Estrada lost control of his vehicle and went off the side of the road.

According to witnesses, the vehicle went over the embankment and struck an overflow drain before going airborne. The vehicle flipped and came to a rest upside down.

Estrada reportedly got out of the drivers’ side window and began to walk from the scene.

A firefighter with the Nashville Fire Department happened to be on the scene, and told Estrada to stop. When he began to run, the unidentified firefighter chased and detained him until police arrived.

Police said Estrada had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. He refused a field sobriety test and was taken to Nashville General Hospital to have his blood drawn.

Estrada was arrested on multiple charges, including driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash, evading arrest, resisting arrest and two counts of violating a protective order.

He was booked into the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center.