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Shaq Justice: O'Neal Tracks Down Hit And Run Driver For Cops

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 29, 2007 in Crime
Don't mess with Shaq.
In the past, Shaquille O'Neal, a center with the NBA's Miami Heat, has received police training in the past and over the weekend he showed off his off-court skills. A driver reportedly crashed into Shaq's Cadillac Escalade and sped off. Shaq and his bodyguard followed the vehicle and called police when the driver stopped at a gas station.
Shaq was with his bodyguard, Jerome Crawford, when the incident occurred at around 4 a.m. on Sunday morning. The Heat had just arrived back home from a game in Chicago. Shaq and Crawford were just outside Crawford's Coconut Grove home when the driver allegedly struck Shaq's parked vehicle.
When the 18-year-old driver, Emmnueo Cibrin of Tampa drove off, O'Neal and Crawford jumped into the damaged SUV and chased after him.
A passenger in Cibrin's car, Junior Rondon, said that Cibrin had planned to stop, but when he saw the Escalade start pursuing them, they drove off in fear.
"He was going to stop, but then we saw the Escalade chasing us," Rondon said to The Miami Herald. "We got scared and kept driving, you know?"
The two friends were shocked to see Shaq step out of the vehicle, and he ordered them to be quiet as he flagged down a police officer.
In 2005, Shaq finished a police officer training course, and said in the past that he hopes to work in law enforcement once his NBA career is over. In recent years, Shaq has used his training to help out the cops several incidents. In this case, Shaq said that he followed all proper police protocols in helping the police apprehend the suspect.
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