NAMPA -- Imagine driving along the interstate then seeing a man running across the road fleeing from and an Idaho State Police trooper. That's what police say happened Tuesday. But what happened next can only be described as crazy.
Police say it happened Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 84 about a mile east of the Franklin exit in Canyon County. Around 3:15 p.m., Idaho State Police say Trooper Jens Pattis pulled over Roberto Solario for speeding. Police say Solario then got out of his car and ran across the interstate.
"It looked like he was going to get into it and rough the trooper up. Then he bolts," said Nicky Adams.
Adams was driving westbound on I-84 when he came upon the scene, slowed down to around 25 mph and started to pull into the median.
"The next thing you know, he came up to the side of my truck and disappeared," said Adams. "The trooper later told me he turned around, looked at him, put his hand down, and threw his body under my front wheel. I was going so slow, it didn't go over him. All the weight's in the front on a diesel. It just pushed him on the asphalt and it chewed his stomach up pretty bad."
Adams said Trooper Pattis then made his way across the interstate and tried to help Solario. But then, Adams says, Solario, who now had a gaping stomach wound and whose clothes were completely ripped off in the accident, tussled with the trooper before running down the median.
"This guy was wired," said Adams. "He was determined to get away."
Adams said Pattis was able to tackle him, but was unable to get handcuffs on Solario.
"It looked like he was going to get the upperhand on the trooper so I ran down and tackled him on his feet, and I was holding him there," said Adams. "It took both of us all we had to hold him down."
Adams says he helped the trooper hold Solario for about 10 minutes until paramedics arrived and took him away.
"It was just a chaotic thing," said Adams. "And my hat's off to the trooper. He deserves a medal."
Adams also says Solario apparently had a chihuahua riding in his car that escaped during the accident and was running near the interstate. He was able to grab the dog and animal control later took it away.
Police say they found "a felony amount" of drugs in Solario's car. Adams says there was a duffel bag full of marijuana and meth hidden in aerosol canisters.
No charges have been filed yet, and the investigation continues.
Solario was taken to Saint Alphonsus in Boise, where he is now listed in serious condition.