Neighborhood on edge after dangerous road rage crash

Posted at 11:16 PM, Sep 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-28 10:47:57-04

Story by Dora Scheidell

WEST JORDAN, Utah - A quiet Saturday afternoon in West Jordan took a dangerous turn when a road rage crash left two separate yards destroyed and a community on edge.

Malcom Mcelyea says he was on his way to work when a tan Yukon SUV raced by, clipped his Jeep, drove through a fence and into the yard of his neighbor's home.

"They were going to kill somebody. The yard they went though, I know the people. They have kids that play in their backyard," says Mcelyea.

The SUV tried to take off, so Mcelyea decided to take matters into his own hands. He tried to block the SUV with his Jeep, but the driver turned around and started racing down the road in the opposite direction.

"I tried to get in front of them and stop them at the scene of the accident and our bumpers hooked up and they dragged me a little over 200 feet down the road until I could get them to release," says Mcelyea.

At that point, Mcelyea decided he needed to do something more extreme.

"When I tried to stop them, they hit me again for the third time so I waited for them to turn the corner and I rammed them. We don't need this going through our neighborhood," says Mcelyea.

The two cars crashed in another neighbor's yard and then two people got out of the SUV and started to run.

"I got out and started running after them and I tackled the larger man and one of my other neighbors tackled the smaller guy," says Mcelyea.

Mcelyea and his neighbor detained the two men until police arrived. West Jordan police are being pretty tight-lipped about the incident. All they've said is they're investigating it as a road-rage hit and run. Police say nobody was arrested and Mcelyea says he wasn't issued any tickets.

"They wouldn't stop for anything. It had to end and I ended it, " says Mcelyea.