Dodge Ram driver stops pursuit; gets rewarded

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Sometimes a Dodge Ram can be in the right place at the right time, and heroes always get their reward.

So, you might have seen the story back at the end of May where a man driving a Dodge Ram stopped a police chase involving a teenager and a stolen Hyundai Veloster by using his truck. You know what they say: If you can’t Dodge it, Ram it.

Or something.

Here’s the video, in case you missed it:


The driver of the Dodge Ram did a good thing. The driver of the Veloster deserves a special place in hell for endangering those kids. However, that wouldn’t really matter to an insurance company: the truck driver still deliberately caused an accident, no matter how much good came of it.

That’s when a local body shop pitched in to make things better. Bryan Ellison is the co-owner of a body shop called West Valley Carstar, and he decided to help.

“I knew the insurance, because it was intentionally done, wouldn’t pay for (the repairs),” Ellison said. “Just knowing that he could have saved multiple kids’ lives — the least I could do was get the truck fixed at no cost.”

Ellison called up the owner of the truck, Bryson Rowley, and arranged for a rental car to be dropped off at his home. West Valley Carstar then took the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup and began to repair it. Other people in the community also helped out by donating body parts and other things.

Other things?

Yeah. This truck left the shop in better condition than it was when it entered. The guys at Carstar put new turbos on the truck, new front differential parts, a new fuel system, a new back bumper (you know, to match the new front bumper it was definitely going to need), and all new shocks.


Ellison said, “We kind of went above and beyond, all of us, to make his truck bigger and badder than it was.”

He picked the truck up on Tuesday, June 24, and he says it drives like new. “It was more than expected,” said Rowley.

Shop owner Ellison said that he was just paying it forward, “I was just honored to do it – to take care of him for doing the right things for the right reasons.”

Rowley says, if he had the choice, he would do it again to protect the kids.


Photos: Landeen/Audra Slaugh

Ray Saez, Jr.

Ray is a lifelong auto enthusiast. His father worked on the dealership side of the industry for many years, and his passion for fast, fun, and unique cars has been passed on. Particularly fond of American cars and trucks, Ray is an avid General Motors fan. When not writing, he can be found with his dogs, or at a local car show.

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