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Sisters on College Wrestling Team Tackle Hit-and-Run Suspect

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on August 26, 2011 6:45 AM

Brittany and Brienna Delgado, wrestling sisters who take to the mat for Oklahoma City University, used their moves for a different purpose on Saturday when they chased down a hit-and-run driver, tackling him to the ground and keeping him subdued until police could arrive.

The pair, who have been wrestling since a young age, didn't think twice about going after the suspect, who is incredibly lucky that neither he, nor the girls and their grandma, appear to have been injured by the incident.

The wrestling sisters were reportedly spending the day in Oklahoma City with their grandmother when a man hit their car, sending it into a stop sign.

While checking on grandma and situating her on the curb, KFOR-TV reports that the woman noticed that the driver was fleeing the scene, alerting the girls to his movement.

Brienna Delgado went after the man, and sister Brittany followed, helping her secure the man and walk him back to the cars.

While fleeing the scene of a car accident is a crime in all 50 states, citizen's arrest are a little trickier.

Luckily for the girls, Oklahoma has a statute dealing with arrests made by private persons which allows citizens to apprehend suspects when an offense has been committed or attempted in the citizen's presence.

Citizens are also generally permitted to use a reasonable amount of force to conduct the arrest, which should allow for the tackling and wrestling holds utilized.

Regardless, the real point of this story is that Brittany and Brienna Delgado have affirmatively proved that wrestling sisters are no laughing matter.

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