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Two Good Samaritans Save Cop's Life During Violent Highway Altercation

Two ordinary Californians, a motorcycle mechanic and former linebacker, have helped save a cop’s life after they came to the rescue of an unnamed California Highway Patrol officer during a violent altercation along a Solano County highway.

Joel Jones, a local pastor, and his wife, Annalisa, witnessed the extraordinary moment a fast-travelling car collided with two other vehicles and careened off the highway. As Mr. and Mrs. Jones pulled over to help, they sighed with relief when they caught sight of a highway patrol car stopping at the scene of the crash.

However, as the female highway patrol officer walked towards the totaled vehicle, the driver – believed to be Gary Coslovich – jumped out of the vehicle and attacked the approaching officer in an unprovoked act of violence. Mr. Jones opened up about the shocking scene in an interview with Fox 2: “[The suspect] punched her, hit her repeatedly, beat her to the ground and started stomping her,” said Mr. Jones. “I thought he was going to take her gun. He was at her waist midsection. I told my wife, I said stay here, and I said, ‘Lord be with me.’”

In an incredible act of courage, Mr. Jones, who was still in good physical shape from his days as a linebacker, was able to knock Coslovich off the officer, tackling the deranged driver to the ground. Meanwhile, Jones’ wife watched as the female police officer groggily attempted to stand, telling Fox 2: “I saw her crawling and then I saw her trying to get up and so I said ‘is this really happening?’”

As the unnamed cop tried to regather her wits, Coslovich and Mr. Jones continued to tussle; but it soon became clear that the furious driver was slowly gaining the upper hand. Luckily, another driver, Greg Bunting, also decided to stop and see what he could do to help.

Working together, Mr. Jones and Mr. Bunting were able to restrain Coslovich, holding the violent man down until police backup could arrive. When asked why he had intervened, Mr. Bunting told interviewers that he had seen Coslovich striking the highway patrol officer, saying: “it’s hard to see a woman hit by a man. To see that was – uh, there’s no words to describe it except for it was sick.” Mr. Bunting later added: “I think God puts us in places for a reason,” while he described his response to seeing the attack.

Since Fox 2 aired the story, thousands of viewers have praised Mr. Jones and Mr. Bunting, referring to the two men as ‘superheroes.’ In a later interview with the New York Post, both men laughed off their newfound fame. “We’re no superheroes, but when it comes to – it’s time to help out. Let’s do this!” said Mr. Bunting. “I’m no hero, I’m a servant. I’m no hero no more than anybody else,” agreed Mr. Jones.

The unidentified police officer is currently receiving treatment for minor injuries she sustained during the altercation. At this stage, Coslovich has not been tried, and is currently facing charges of assault and battery.

Source: New York Post
Photo: Solano County Sheriff’s Office

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