VACAVILLE — Amid the Friday night festivities in downtown Vacaville, an off-duty Suisun City police officer upheld the oath he took when he pinned on his badge to serve and protect.
Suisun City Police Chief Ed Dadisho saw a man getting into a car in the parking lot behind the Cheers bar on Merchant shortly after 7 p.m.
Dadisho has seen lots of drunks in his years as a cop and he understands the consequences of drinking and driving. He realized the guy was in no condition to be on the road. Dadisho, even though wearing shorts, sandals and sunglasses, knew he was duty-bound to stop the man from driving off.
The intervention quickly turned weird and Dadisho called 911 for help, telling the dispatcher he had a suspect at gunpoint.
Within minutes, a pair of Vacaville cops and their watch commander were at the parking lot. But before the local cops arrived, the unidentified suspect took off running, leaving behind his car and his 58-year-old female companion.
Dadisho declined to comment on the incident.
Absent a suspect, there was little Vacaville cops could do other than arrange for a taxi ride home for the abandoned companion, who was also in no condition to drive.
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