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Cops: Fan Drinks 9 Beers, Crashes, Is Rescued by Patriots Player

Vince Wilfork saw accident, stopped to help
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2015 4:08 PM CST
Cops: Patriots Player Rescues Driver Who Got Drunk at Game
New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

(Newser) – A Good Samaritan in Massachusetts stopped to help a woman in an overturned vehicle, which is making more headlines than usual because of one weird twist: The Good Samaritan is New England Patriots star Vince Wilfork, and the driver is a woman who was watching him play at Gillette Stadium hours earlier, reports WMUR. Police say the driver, Mary Ellen Brooks, 38, put down nine beers during the Patriots' AFC championship win and had a blood-alcohol level about twice the legal limit when she overturned her Jeep Wrangler around 1am, reports the Boston Herald. Wilfork happened to see the wreck, and the 325-pound defensive tackle stopped and pulled Brooks from the vehicle.

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“She would like to thank Mr. Wilfork,” says the attorney for Brooks, who escaped serious injury and pleaded not guilty to DUI charges in court today. “She’s very grateful that he stopped and took her out of the car knowing that he had just come off a big win with the Patriots’ game. And how he still had a nice way about him to stop and attend to her while she was in that condition." Says Wilfork: “I saw somebody that needed help and I helped.” (Read more drunk driving stories.)

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