“Hey, man – you done! You done driving!” Lewis is heard saying on the video. “Get out the car! That’s it! You’re drunk!” Then he directed other motorists to call police.
Lewis said in an interview Thursday that he was on his way home from class at Northwest Vista College on Tuesday when he spotted the pickup driving all over the road. Lewis started recording after the man hit a ditch on an access road in his Chevy pickup, then turned on his turn signal at least a mile before he needed to turn onto Route 410.
“I’m, like, ‘Whoa – what the hell is going on with this dude?'” Lewis said.
As the Chevy Colorado was about to enter the highway, the vehicle hit a berm on the right and then swerved back to the left across the ramp and came to a stop. That’s when Lewis exited his vehicle and approached the pickup, yelling at the driver to stop. Lewis said he went up to the other vehicle without fear because the driver appeared to be so drunk that Lewis didn’t think the guy would be able to do anything to him.
“I knew he was out of it,” said Lewis, who got a powerful whiff of alcohol off the man when door to the pickup opened. “He smelled like a skunk.”
A resource officer from a local public school was flagged down to help detain the motorist, Lewis said. A San Antonio police spokeswoman identified the suspect as Manuel Rodriguez-Rojas, 61, and said he has been charged with driving while intoxicated.
Lewis said he was just glad the man came to a stop before entering the highway.
“If he would have got on the highway, it would have been terrible,” Lewis said.
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