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Moses Lake tow truck driver helps officer with arrest

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. -

A Moses Lake officer gets an unexpected assist from a good Samaritan. The man, who ended up helping the officer with the arrest was actually a tow truck driver who just happened to be passing by.

We told you about the story Friday. Body cam footage captured a Moses Lake police officer who spotted a wanted felon walking on the side of the road. 34-year-old Jeremiah Hamilton took off running before the officer was able to catch up to him, pepper spraying him as he tackled him to the ground. While his body camera was covered up, the officer got a hand from passing truck driver Juan Pineda, who kept Hamilton from escaping.

Pineda explained to KHQ exactly what happened.

"I noticed an officer and I noticed that he was by himself," Pineda said, "You could tell that he needed help. Nobody stopped so I pulled over and turned my lights on and went to help him. I grabbed his [Hamilton's] legs and he never got out of it."

Pineda says he was scared the man would get away so he held Hamilton's legs down until backup arrived. The officer thanked Pineda, who just told him he had to get back to work. 

As for Hamilton, he was booked into the Grant County Jail on multiple warrants as well as charges for drug possession and resisting arrest.

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