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Family credited with helping police catch reckless driver
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We're hearing from a family credited with helping police track down a dangerous driver in Van Buren County.
Cellphone video shows a semi swerving between lanes on I-94 in Kalamazoo and Van Buren County on Saturday afternoon.
Now, the driver is facing reckless driving charges.
The problem isn't a new one, especially along I-94 between Detroit and Chicago.
Police say they get one to two calls per day on reckless driving involving trucks.
But what other drivers need to know is how to react.
17-year-old Dylan Bhuyan was one of more than a dozen 9-1-1 callers Saturday afternoon, concerned that a truck driver was swerving across miles of highway between Galesburg and Paw Paw.
"We hit our hazards and followed him, because it wasn't safe enough to get close to the semi," Bhuyan said.
He was riding with his stepmother Jessica Bhuyan, who followed the truck for nearly 20 miles until police were able to pull the driver over safely.
Police say the family made the right choice, watching other drivers pass or pull over on the busy highway.
"That's exactly what we recommend if someone is driving in a reckless fashion like that, get behind them so you don't put yourself in danger," said Sgt. Dan Abbott, with the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department.
Dylan recorded more than 4 minutes of cellphone video, which helped police make the arrest, while the semi driver faces reckless driving charges.
Sgt. Abbott says these incidents happen daily, with truckers tired or texting on the road.
The driver admitted he was tired, but couldn't miss a delivery slot.
"It's unfortunate that semi drivers are put in the situation where they have to make a decision based on deadline, but it's not just them out there," Jessica said.
There are laws in place to help prevent incidents like these.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires drivers to rest before starting a shift, working no more than 14 hours straight, with a break after 8.
The driver is facing jail time and up to 6 points on his license.
He's expected to be charged for the misdemeanor at the end of the month.