ARDMORE, OK -- When People decide to run for public office, they usually say they have noble intentions to help the people they serve. Sunday night, one local lawmaker had a chance to put those words into action.
State Representative Dustin Roberts of Durant was traveling northbound on I-35 just North of Ardmore, on his way to Oklahoma City for the next legislative session. That's when he says he observed a frightening scene--an Oklahoma state Trooper fighting with a man on the side of the road.
"It's pretty nerve wracking to see somebody that's putting their life on the line every day to be in a dangerous situation like that," Roberts said.
Roberts said he quickly pulled over and dialed 911 for help. He then got out of his vehicle and approached the scene. He told the Trooper who he was and that he was there to help. The trooper instructed Roberts and another man who had stopped what to do.
"I grabbed the handcuffs and put them on the one arm, let them know the handcuffs were there and on that one arm, then swung his other arm around cuffed it--tightened the handcuffs up and let the officer, and then backed up off of him," Roberts said.
Ken Duncan from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the trooper on the scene soon discovered why the subject later identified as Tony Wilson of Chicago, Illinois had been so combative.
"During a search of the vehicle, he found a brick of marijuana that turned out to be about 10 pounds," Duncan said.
Representative Roberts says he wants to find the other man on the scene to thank him. He says his name is Zach and he lives in Pauls Valley Oklahoma. If you know him, you're asked to have him call Representative Dustin Roberts at his Oklahoma City Office as soon as possible.