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Austin man chases down driver who hit child

Austin, TX - An Austin man is being called a hero after chasing down a hit-and-run driver before making a citizen's arrest.
 
Police say when a driver hit two-year-old Diego Herrara and then took off, Larry Gutierrez jumped into action.
 
Gutierrez grabbed his keys, rushed to his car, and followed the driver around the corner where he caught up with him.
 
"[Diego's father] was already like waving at him to stop. So I pulled in front of the car so he couldn't leave and jumped out and put [his] car in park, took his keys out, made him get out of the vehicle, got on the phone, and called 911 to tell them I got the man who hit the child," explained Gutierrez.
 
Gutierrez stayed until the police arrived and arrested the driver.
 
"He was actually stunned. I remember him telling me, ‘Well you're not a police officer.' I said, ‘Yeah, but I still can make a citizen's arrest,'" said Gutierrez.
 
The currently incarcerated man will be charged with failure to stop and render aid and could face other charges.
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