Man who stopped erratic driver in Syracuse hailed as hero

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SYRACUSE, Utah -- Witnesses say a teen in a stolen car was going to make a run through a park in Syracuse, so a man in a big truck took matters into his own hands.

Bryson Rowley has received a lot of handshakes and hugs in the last few days, but he said he only did what needed to be done.

“I could hear the sirens coming back toward the park and getting closer. I was just going to block the road. So he couldn't come back through there. By the time I got there to block it he turned into me,” Rowley said.

The driver leading the high-speed chase was a 14-year-old boy from Sunset, who police say stole the car from his grandpa.

That head-on collision finally stopped the erratic driver, but it also left the fast-thinking father with a broken bumper and busted suspension.

Several people who saw the fox 13 news story offered to fix his truck for free.

“I wasn't preparing for any of this. I was just trying to do what was right,” Rowley said.

Rowley said he had no idea it was a 14-year-old in the vehicle he hit, but even if he had known, he said would have done the same thing.

“He had no remorse for the kids the first time, and I didn't want him to get back to the kids. My kids and me getting in trouble that's fixable. The kids aren't,” Rowley said.

Rowley said he doesn't consider himself a hero, just a guy who made the best of a bad situation.

Several people put up fundraising websites for Rowley’s truck and multiple auto body shops offered their services free of charge.


  • Jesse Jones

    Him getting in trouble?
    I’m gonna be pissed if he gets a SINGLE charge just because the cops are to lazy and cowardly to do WHAT IT TAKES to keep our children safe.

    • Bob

      The police have absolutely no intention of charging him with anything. Truth be known, behind the scenes they are giving him high fives.

  • Megan W

    Lazy and cowardly? Your children should be kept safe by YOU, the parent, first and foremost, and this man did that. The cops were chasing this out of control kid, how the blazes does that make them lazy and cowardly? Ignorance is bliss, I guess you can’t fix stupid…..

  • Mick14513

    Dear Mr. Rowley – Bravo as one of us citizens who take a pro-active approach to crime! How this event came to its ultimate fruition is a sad comment on our society and points to How We Raise Our Children. My thoughts and prayers go out to those of us who protect all those outside of our collective “comfort zone”. I shake your hand and say Thank You Sir!

  • Jason

    And if the cops did do something, and the kid was hurt, the people will say they went too far. If they hang back to not pressure him like they did here to try and not aggravate him into doing something rash you say they weren’t doing enough. There really isn’t anything that makes the entire mass happy. At least they are out there making a difference while you complain from your couch. And good job to the guy that did do something to help.

  • P. Stephan

    Someone on his FB page said that he got a citation. Is this true? And, if so, what is the citation for?

  • Todd

    To :Mr Rowley thank you very much for doing what you did!! Your a stand up guy in my books!!! And every parent whos kids where in that park are luckly you where there!!! The world is a better place with people like you in it !!!

  • David

    Mr. Rowley, Have a “Cold Brew” on us here in Coastal NC that work in the Fire & EMS business! That young & careless fool that you stopped could have easily seriously injured or killed many of those innocent children. Quick thinking! Wish more people would stand up for others like you! You are OK (Even if you do drive a Dodge, We all have Powerstrokes out East LoL) Again, Great Job!

  • Cynthia campos

    You should be praised not charged with anything, that father just did what any father would do and he is a brave hero and he should be awarded not charged.

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