Right place at the right time: Value of dashcam, take 257 …

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Scott LeVan was in the right place at the right time on Wednesday when, he says, parked at a rest area on I-77 in Ohio, his dashcam happened to capture views of criminals involved in a carjacking at the area — which all later led to an arrest in the case. “Two armed men took a couple’s car by gunpoint,” he says, “and I got them on my dashcam.”

He didn’t see the incident up close and in person, but when police knocked on his truck’s door Wednesday late afternoon and asked how long he’d been there, the officer’s “jaw dropped,” LeVan says, when he handed over his SD card with footage of the fleeing criminals. “The car thief looked right at my camera 10 feet away from my truck,” LeVan says.

Not so fast | Still from Scott LeVan’s dashcam, capturing the getaway of the car thieves.Not so fast | Still from Scott LeVan’s dashcam, capturing the getaway of the car thieves.

The first arrest happened later that night in Cleveland. Catch part of LeVan’s vid from the Bath Township rest area South of Cleveland via the news report at this link. You’ll also hear LeVan, chiming in with this message: “That’s what we’re out here for. That’s our duty as truck drivers: To keep the public safe, as well as deliver the goods.”

Good on you, Scott. Stay safe out there this weekend, drivers.

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