Updated: 08/27/2014 6:08 PM
Created: 08/27/2014 12:49 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia
Scary moment in the streets of Canandaigua after police say a man went on a road rage rampage and slammed into cars. Investigators say a Good Samaritan helped stop the incident from getting any worse.
William Lantier, 58 of Canandaigua, is accused of striking several cars during six separate crashes. He's facing several charges including DWI and reckless driving.
Investigators say it started at Route 332 and Thomas Road Wednesday morning and carried on into downtown Canandaigua until two people were able to pull him over.
Albert Ayers says after seeing a man hit several cars then speed off down the busy streets of Canandaigua, he knew he had to do something before someone got seriously hurt. “We were going probably around 60 miles an hour down Main Street and that’s all I was thinking about -- kids and car seats. At the rate he was going, if he had hit somebody at 60 he would have definitely hurt some kids.”
Ayers says he's not a hero. He just did what he had to do after seeing a green Jeep, who police says was driven by Lantier , hit several cars then take off speeding this morning at times going across all for lanes of traffic on Main Street.
Canandaigua Police Detective Sergeant Scott Kadien said, “The number of accidents alone and for one particular incident is really staggering. We had at least six accident scenes with nine vehicles struck.”
Ayers says it took multiple attempts, but after several minutes he was finally able to stop Lantier by parking his Chevy Suburban in front of his Jeep. “(I) didn’t want anybody else to get hurt so I just figured my vehicle is big enough to stop his.”
But Ayers says Lantier didn't give up. “He still wouldn't open his door he was ramming my vehicle while I was trying to talk to him. I actually tried to break his window. We had to get a hammer broke it and shut his car off.”
Lantier is facing multiple charges and police say alcohol was a factor.