"So I just floor it, and I get up next to this guy. I was like, â€˜You need to pull over.' He was drunk, passed out. He was in and out of consciousness at the wheel. His car just smashes into my car, so I take my car and start forcing him over to the side," he continues. "I was scared. I was just saying, â€˜Lord Jesus, help me with this. I don't want to get killed here. I'm just trying to do the right thing and pull this guy over before he kills somebody else.'"
Matt doesn't regret his highway heroism. "A lot of people said, â€˜You could have been killed.' I said, â€˜You know what? I'm not going to live my life in fear.' It doesn't take extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. It just takes someone stepping up and doing the right thing," he reflects. "I don't think he'll ever do that again. Now he knows citizens are roaming around out there ready to slam fools down."
"I had to do it. No one else was going to do it. I said, â€˜If someone's going to do it, it's going to be me,'" Matt answers.
Dr. Phil turns to Sergeant Mark Garrett with the Los Angeles County Highway Patrol. Sgt. Garrett says he would never recommend that a citizen pull over any car. Motorists should call 911, and drunk drivers should be given plenty of space.
Sgt. Garrett shares his thoughts. "That could happen even if you do try to affect an arrest. You could actually cause that person to cross the center divider. You could actually cause an accident, and then how would a person feel?" he says.
"That's true. A citizen can make a physical arrest and detain that person until law enforcement arrives," he replies.
"I think it's pretty clear this guy was drunk. He has been convicted. It was a good bust," Dr. Phil observes.
"It turned out OK," Sgt. Garrett concedes with a smile.