Yesterday afternoon, an Amber Alert was issued for a two-year-old Houston County, Tennessee, boy who was believed to have been abducted by his non-custodial father, 23-year-old Austin Whitehead.
According to WSMV, a truck driver spotted a car matching the description of the car that was listed in the Amber Alert driving along Interstate 24. He called his wife to confirm the car’s description and license plate number, then he phoned the highway patrol.
“He actually followed it from the other side of Monteagle into Marion County, and so he actually stayed with it until we made the stop,” Marion County Sheriff Ronnie ‘Bo’ Burnett told WSMV.
At the same time, a pair of truck drivers worked together to block, then slow down Whitehead’s vehicle until authorities could catch up to Whitehead.
The news station reported that Whitehead surrendered without incident.
“You never know what could happen in a situation like this. It could have turned violent. It could have turned deadly,” Burnett said.