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DUI Vigilante: Woman chases down suspected drunk driver, snatches keys

Posted at 7:35 PM, Feb 21, 2017

A Henderson woman took matters into her own hands when she spotted a reckless driver barreling down the 215 Sunday afternoon.

Ciara Bergman has no tolerance for people who drink and drive. She lost her childhood friend to a drunk driver when she was young.

"It was heartbreaking because I really loved that kid," Bergman said.

That's why when Bergman saw a man driving recklessly down the 215, she called police.

"He almost hit the wall multiple times, almost hit the car in front of him, coming into my lane," Bergman said.

Bergman soon realized she didn't want to wait for officers to arrive.

Instead, she started following the driver until he pulled into a parking lot near the 215 and Eastern Avenue. That's when they both got out of the car, she took his keys from him and drove away.

"I had to stop him," she said. "He was going to kill somebody plain and simple."

Bergman said she turned the keys into police who eventually arrested the driver for a DUI. 

After posting about the incident on Facebook, Bergman received dozens of responses from people who agreed and disagreed with her approach.

13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert and retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Randy Sutton said Bergman should have left the incident up to police. 

"She didn't know who she was getting involved with," Sutton said. "He could've violently assaulted her. He could've defended himself because he felt like she was acting wrongly."

Bergman said she has no regrets and would absolutely do it again.

"I have to get them to stop before they kill somebody else's child or mother, father," she said.