In New York, UFC fighter Matt Hamill saved a child during an epic car chase where he literally punched out a window in order to help the poor kid out. So, how did this epic I-90 car chase even begin?
The UFC fighter is taking a jab at restarting his MMA career, but was forced to withdraw from a match due to a illness. Matt Hamill decided to drive to his family’s home in Ohio and along the way, he saw a disoriented female driver driving at high speed in the wrong direction on highway I-90.
“Everyone was going like 70 miles per hour. She was driving the wrong way, just kind of swerving around,” Hamill told MMA Fighting.
“She was going slower but she was going on the wrong side of the street, and you could see her face, she was kind of drooling. There was obviously something going on with her that just wasn’t right. She was breathing fine, but you could just tell there was something, some issues. It seemed like Pac-Man, trying to avoid all the little ghosts. She was all over the place.”
Matt Hamill spun his truck around and started a car chase that ended with the woman driving into the grass. She apparently was stilling moving forward at a very low speed, weaving all over, so Hamill exited his own vehicle and took chase on foot. Upon arrival, he spotted a little 6-year-old boy in the back seat crying his head off due to all the noise from people honking.
Hamill decided the best course of action was to punch the window out, so the UFC fight could save the child before the mother could run into further danger. He also manually stopped the car since the mother was incoherent.
“If she hadn’t been stopped I definitely feel like someone would’ve ran into something,” Hamill says. “The mother was on drugs and had been drinking apparently.”
According to WROC, the mother was identified as 27-year-old Nicole Lamendola. Police say she failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for a DWI and reckless endangerment. Her bail was set at $12,000, and her son was turned over to a family member.
Police thanked the UFC fighter for saving the child from harm. Matt Hamill was simply happy the boy was okay after the ordeal, and he credited the adrenaline of the moment for having the strength to help while still being sick.