Serious accident in NE Atlanta leads to citizen's arrest

Witness captures DUI hit and run suspect

ATLANTA -- A citizen's arrest was made following a serious accident in midtown Atlanta. Police responded just after 2:00 Thursday morning after a white pickup truck traveling east on North Ave ran a traffic light at Argonne Ave. and collided with another vehicle.
 
Marvin Johnson said he was walking home after getting something to eat with a friend when he witnessed the crash.
 
After the accident, the witness said, the driver of the truck exited through the passenger side door and took off running toward high-rise apartments located at 365 Linden Ave.  
 
"I asked him to stop. He wouldn't stop, so I followed him," Johnson said.
 
That's when the driver got into a parked vehicle; they exchanged words, then the driver took off running and Johnson tackled him.
 
"My instincts said to get this guy because it could've been anybody's mother, father, brother, sister," Johnson said.
 
 
Johnson said that in 1998, he and his finance were in an accident, and she died as a result. The driver was never caught.
 
"We must do more than just talk. We have to apply what we know and what God has bless us with. Be soldiers out here, not be fools, but be soldiers," he said.
 
Police believe the driver, Johnny Butler was under the influence of alcohol. The 51-year-old was arrested and charged with DUI, Serious Injury, Hit and Run and Failure to obey traffic control device.  The victim was rushed to Grady Hospital in critical condition.  Johnson said that in 1998, he and his finance were in an accident, and she died as a result. The driver was never caught.
 
"We must do more than just talk. We have to apply what we know and what God has bless us with. Be soldiers out here, not be fools, but be soldiers," he said.
 
Police confirmed he was the only person in the pickup truck. It's unclear if alcohol played a factor in the crash. The driver in the vehicle that was hit was taken to the hospital. There is no update on their condition. 
 

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