While on my way to lunch today, I had a chance to be a Good Witness and help the police apprehend a Hit & Run Driver. I had left work and was driving to lunch. I was about the 3rd car waiting at a red light. I look over toward my left in time to see an older Ford Taurus smash into the back of another car, which then pushed him into a girl in front of him. They were on the cross street that I was waiting to turn onto. Due to traffic congestion, they had nearly stopped at the intersection, even though they had the green light. As soon as the driver hit, he made an immediate right turn onto the road that I'm sitting on. My first thought was that he was trying to swerve to avoid the collision and was about to pull over onto the shoulder. But I realized that as soon as he made that turn, he floored it to get away. Glancing back to see the cars that were hit, they were banged up pretty badly, but I didn't think they were to the point of injuries, especially anything serious. So I made the decision to u-turn out of the traffic line & follow him rather than going to the drivers that were hit. This is a fairly busy 2-lane road that my work is on. The speed limit on this road is 35mph, but with lunchtime traffic, I was a couple of cars back and we might have reached 30. As soon as I u-turned, I'm calling 911 to report the accident scene & the car that I'm following. After about a mile, he turns into a parking lot & gets out to inspect his car. Ironically, this was a body shop. They have 2 driveways, so I go to the next driveway and turn in. I'm hanging back at the other end of the lot just watching him at this point. I think he realized that I was watching because once he looked over toward me, he jumped back in & took off. At that point, there was a gap in traffic so I was able to be directly behind him. Now I was close enough that I could tell 911 his tag number. We are still between 30-35mph on his high speed getaway. He reaches the end of that road & takes a hard right turn like he's heading for I-75, but instead whips it into a gas station parking lot. He's headed for the back of their lot, which is adjacent to my work, so I know there's no outlet that way. But as we turn in, the city PD recognize the car & my truck from what Dispatch has relayed to him. So I drop back to let the officer get directly behind the driver. I go around the front of the gas station, but don't see them. Then I saw where they jumped the curb into the adjacent motel lot & onto I-75 NB. At that point, I end the call with 911 and I'm thinking that I'll go grab the lunch that I wanted. Dispatch calls me back & asks if I can go wait for the officer as the QT where the original accident happened. So I head there to wait. I can see the officers just up the road where they stopped him. The driver had basically gone around the block and was almost right back where we started. Total distance from accident to apprehension was less than 5 miles and he ended up less than .25 mile from where he started. When the officer came, I gave him a statement & we talked a while. He said that once the driver got off the interstate & hit traffic, he started to jump & run, but by then the officer was there & finished dragging him out at gun point. There were 2 more officers that met them there. The guy even said that he was pretty sure he was getting away until he realized that I was following him. He said that then he knew he was caught. As we were talking, the officer was shocked too that he came back clean. No warrants, valid license & insurance. All that he could figure is that the guy may have thrown some dope out at some point because the car reeked of pot. The officer said that when he heard the call go out, he's listening to the play by play of where we are headed & that we drove straight to him. He was sitting in that gas station parking lot filling out a report from a fender bender that he just finished up. The victims, as well as the officer, were grateful that I stayed with him and called it in. Fortunately for the victims, he had insurance & there were no injuries. Their cars were smashed pretty badly, but everyone was ok. The poor girl in the first car was a relatively new driver, so she was shaken up quite a bit. I was carrying my XDs, but it never came into play, nor did it enter the conversation with the officer. I never had any thought to initiate contact with him, but when he stopped to inspect his car, I kept my distance. I figured if I tried to block him in, he'd have no problem ramming my truck. All in all, it turned out pretty well, except that I never did make it to lunch.