KANSAS CITY , Mo. -- A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper began to panic when a suspect he tried to arrest wrestled him to the ground. A stranger who happened to be driving by stopped in his tracks and jumped into action.
It was a normal day on the job for Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Becker. He pulled over a car on Amity road, because it’s license plates were expired.
“Just made contact with him, like any other individual I stop. Everything was normal,” Becker said.
The driver, Robert English, didn’t have a license and Trooper Becker attempted to arrest him, but he says English seemed to have other plans.
“We both went down to the ground in this area over here,” he recalled.
Mike Long was driving westbound on 152 Highway.
“I looked over and I thought, 'oh no!'” Long said.
He immediately stopped his truck and turned around.
“It was a one-way obviously... went the wrong way. I broke a lot of laws getting here,” Long said.
Meanwhile, Trooper Becker was starting to panic, because he says the struggle was getting out of hand.
“I looked behind me and Mike was coming up behind me,” Becker said.
Trooper Becker says English then ran across the street, into a field, putting his hand down his pants, gesturing he had a gun. Mike grabbed a stick and served as back up for Trooper Becker.
“I was very grateful for Mike. He put his life in danger. There were several cars that just drove on by. But Mike turned around to come help me,” the trooper said.
English was eventually arrested and it was later found he was driving a stolen car. Long was given the Honorary Trooper award.
“It was quite an honor,” Long said.
The two got to meet each other’s families.
“We're gonna stay in touch,” Becker said.
Long believes he was simply in the right place at the right time, but for Trooper Becker, it meant much more.
“He's my hero. He's a hero in my book,” Becker said.
English was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. He’s being held in the Platte County Jail on $50,000 bond. English is due on court July 28th.