|Updated: 6/21/2012 1:25 pm
||Published: 6/19/2012 11:10 pm
A car thief suspect who was lassoed and hog-tied to a fence has been hauled off to jail.
"It's like old country boy stuff. Chasing someone down the back roads,” said the would-be victim, Jeremy.
Jeremy said he left his keys in the vehicle and when he saw the suspect take off in his car they went after the thief.
He and his father who happen to be calf ropers refused to let the suspect get away in their Buick.
They chased down Kalvin Hulvey, 35, who they say tried to steal their car from a nearby parking lot where they were bailing hay.
A city bus and water department worker happened to be at the intersection and blocked the thief from getting away.
Fortunately, when the victim caught up with the suspect the light was red at the intersection of E. Pine and N. Garnett Road.
As the would-be victim, Jeremy, and his father were bailing hay in the field behind a motel near I-244 and Garnett Road, Jeremy saw someone hop in his 1997 Buick LaSabre.
Jeremy said he jumped in the back of the truck and his father drove.
“I let him drive because he's a pretty good driver, so he says,” said Jeremy. “I am in the very back of the truck standing up in the back of the truck like some Duke's of Hazard type stuff."
Jeremy, a rodeo calf roper, saw his car heading north.
"We really weren't chasing him down but we going through traffic,” said Jeremy.
Four blocks later at a red light, the chase stopped.
“I didn’t know what was going on. I just saw the car, we slammed on the brakes. It was crazy,” said City of Tulsa Water Department worker Mario Youngblood.
The suspect tried fleeing by driving north in the southbound lane on Garnett. However, Youngblood’s truck blocked him and he safely whipped out his cell phone camera.
“It was like a movie, is this really happening?” said Youngblood.
Jeremy jumped out of the truck.
"He's [Hulvey] in the there changing the radio station like he has committed the perfect crime and like he is going to get away with it,” said the would-be victim.
Hulvey is suspected of trying to flee but the 6’5’’ and 240 pound would-be victim who can take down a calf in seconds wasn’t letting this suspected thief go anywhere.
“I really didn't want a foot chase before I went to work,” said Jeremy.
Then it was rodeo time.
"My dad knew I wouldn't be able to hold him for long, so he grabbed his feet and tied his feet,” said Jeremy. "We tied his legs up and we got him out of the car and tied him to the fence until police come."
Another FOX23 News viewer e-mailed cell phone video of the incident. He told FOX23 News at first he thought the man was having a heart attack so he stopped. However, he soon realized the man was a suspected car thief.
Jeremy said Hulvey was pleading to be let go.
"I had my elbow in his neck and he was like ‘please get off my neck’ and I said ‘I will when my dad tells me he has your feet tied.’ He was like ‘my feet are tied, no he hasn't told me he has them tied yet,’” said the would-be victim. "He said ‘please just let me go, just let me go. I promise I won't do it again.’"
However, the five-time convicted felon messed with the wrong father and son.
"It's [car] my livelihood. I try to make a living everyday. I work hard for whatever things I do have and I don't want anyone taking it from me,” said Jeremy.
He knows his car isn't worth much but he uses it to earn a living. Jeremy said before he goes to his fulltime job he helps his father bail hay. In the winter he and his brother plow snow from parking lots.
Jeremy's father said he's a private guy and understands it was a dangerous situation but glad his son got his car back.
Hulvey didn’t list an employer when he was arrested. Records show he has a criminal history that dates back to 1995, including burglary, drugs and assault.
Hulvey now faces auto theft charges.