Family thanks trooper for saving Christmas

December 23, 2011 3:47:46 PM PST
A state trooper is being called the man who saved Christmas by a local family. It was supposed to be just a routine stop, pulling over a speeder, but it turned out to be so much more.

The incident happened Dec. 13 on Highway 42 and Buffalo Road. The NC Highway Patrol said it began when Trooper Michael Dorsey clocked a vehicle going 72 in a 55 mile per hour zone.

When Dorsey pulled over 32-year-old Gloria Foust, he discovered she was driving on a suspended license and brought her back to the patrol car for questioning. During that time, the passenger, 24-year-old Miguel Chesnut, allegedly jumped in the driver's seat and fled the scene. After a short chase, troopers arrested Chesnut.

The Highway Patrol said before the traffic stop, Foust and Chesnut had broken into the home of Robert Devereux. Their car was allegedly packed with Deveroux's presents.

"I feel very lucky because, if that highway patrolman hadn't pulled them over, there's no telling where they'd be at now," said Deveroux.

However, Dorsey say he was just going his job.

"It makes me feel good that I stopped them but I was doing what we all do on the Highway Patrol," said Dorsey.

Meanwhile, Chestnut and Foust are currently behind bars at the Johnston County Jail. Detectives say they've linked the duo to at least a dozen other break-ins, not only in Johnston County but other counties as well.

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