He may not be Pink Panther but Terry Miracle was a football player in the 1950's. The 82-year-old retiree tackled a burglary suspect in Longview, Wash. and prevented the loss of valuables, according to a Feb. 10 UPI report.
According to Longview police Sgt. Mike Hallowell, Miracle threw himself into Morgan Perry Bluehorse when he was running through the 82-year-old's neighborhood with police officers in hot pursuit. Miracle played football for Puyallup High School and knew how to deliver a vicious body takedown. The senior citizen said he "launched my cross-body block" and the 27-year-old was arrested by local law enforcement.
Bluehorse emerged from behind a home with a backpack and seemed to be avoid police. That's when the man 55 years his senior took him down. "[Bluehorse] came thundering around the house," Miracle said. "He was looking back over his shoulder to see where they were, and he turned around the corner of the house and he was coming at me just like the runners used to do when I played football."
He added, "I started running towards him, and he stopped as I launched my cross-body block. I had misjudged. I was counting on him continuing to run so I would hit him. When he stopped he got kind of tangled up in his feet. I kicked out my knee, as I always did with a cross-body block, and caught his knee with my knee. He went down and so did I."
The 27-year-old suspect is charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree theft, trespassing, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, third-degree malicious mischief and methamphetamine possession.
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