Man, 82, Tackles Suspect: How Did Terry Miracle Use Football To Stop Burglar? [VIDEO]

By Jason Van Hoven on February 11, 2013 12:14 PM EST

When an 82-year-old man tackles a suspect, using football tactics to do it, one would think he might be more on the wrong end of pain than the criminal.

However, that wasn't the case with Terry Miracle, the 82-year-old Washington State man from Longview who said that his muscles were a little sore, but that he was otherwise OK after tackling and helping police catch a 27-year-old burglar.

So, how did it all go down?

Well, according to the Associated Press, Miracle was weeding in his garden on Friday when heard a commotion, which turned out to be police in the midst of a 25-minute chase of a burglary suspect identified as 27-year-old Morgan Perry Bluehorse.

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As officers chased Bluehorse through yards and over fences, Miracle could hear the chase getting closer thanks to a bunch of yelling as the Daily News reported on Sunday. Then, Miracle finally saw the burglar.

"[Bluehorse] came thundering around the house," Miracle said. "He was looking back over his shoulder to see where they were, and he turned around the corner of the house and he was coming at me just like the runners used to do when I played football."

Miracle then told the newspaper that he got into position for the perfect angle to tackle, recalling his high school football training from Puyallup High School 65 years earlier.

"I'm gonna get him," Miracle said of his mindset. "I started running towards him, and he stopped as I launched my cross-body block. I had misjudged. I was counting on him continuing to run so I would hit him. When he stopped he got kind of tangled up in his feet. I kicked out my knee, as I always did with a cross-body block, and caught his knee with my knee. He went down and so did I."

Bluehorse got up a couple of seconds later and started running again, but Miracle's miracle tackle delayed the suspect long enough for police to catch up.

A officer then hit Bluehouse solidly in the chest, which allowed police to finally subdue him.

"It sounded like somebody hit the bass drum, and he went back down this time," Miracle said.

Bluehorse, of Kelso, was booked on suspicion of second-degree burglary related to an earlier investigation, third-degree theft, trespassing, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, malicious mischief and methamphetamine possession. He also had a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant, which Longview Police Sgt. Mike Hallowell said was the reason that he ran from police in the first place.

Bluehorse also has a long criminal burglary history. In 2004, he was sentenced to nine years in jail for burglarizing 14 Longview businesses.

Watch video of Miracle's explanation of how he tackled and stopped the suspect below.

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