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Truck Driver Allegedly Chucks Fridge at Officers During Pursuit

February 17, 2015  | 

A tractor-trailer driver threw items from his cab at police — including socks, shoes, and a small refrigerator — as he led them on a 34-mile chase in western Pennsylvania, authorities said Sunday, reports the Associated Press.

Police in Westmoreland County said a man called emergency dispatchers just before 2 a.m. Saturday and said he planned to wreck his truck. State troopers tried to stop the vehicle near Washington Township but the driver disregarded the emergency lights and sirens, and a pursuit began along Route 70 and later the Pennsylvania Turnpike, police said.

"During the pursuit, the driver threw numerous items at pursuing troopers from the cab" including a steel canister that struck a Greensburg state police unit and disabled it, police said. The driver also threw a mini refrigerator before the truck was stopped with spike strips shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday.

The driver refused orders to leave the cab, police said, so troopers entered and used a stun gun to subdue him. He was taken to a hospital because officers believed he was under the influence of a controlled substance, namely Xanax, and for other injuries, police said.


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Ima Leprechaun @ 2/18/2015 10:38 AM

Far Out!

ssc1911 @ 2/22/2015 6:50 AM

The truck driver threw object at police pursuing him and endangering them and other drivers. The truck driver by throwing the objects mentioned in this article
also disabled a police car. He should be put in jail for a quite a while for assaulting police officers, recklessness, and the other charges. People wonder why cops have to use force against people they have to deal with here is an example.

When a police officer uses force it is done due to the situation, suspect is resisting or not complying with the commands that the officers tells them. For those that criticize police for using force of any kind, be fore you do that think about the situation and put yourself in their shoes. The cops don't need additional or retraining, it is the attitude of those in society who think they can get away with committing a crime or say that the cops used excessive force on them, the same for those who incite the problem worse than it is.

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