VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The driver of a tractor-trailer was arrested after a high-speed chase on Interstate 15 near Victorville, California.
Multiple motorists called 911 at approximately 7:55 a.m. on Thursday to report a tractor-trailer driving recklessly on I-15 southbound near the Nevada state line.
The truck was also reported to be traveling at excessive speeds and onto the shoulder at times.
While multiple California Highway Patrol units were handling a stolen tractor-trailer call, Victorville officer Ryan Mohatt was able to get in position to intercept the reckless driver.
Mohatt reportedly noticed the truck tractor as it passed Stoddard Wells Road, in the number one lane more than 80 miles per hour.
As Mohatt began to overtake the truck it moved to the number three lane to pass multiple passenger vehicles and almost collide with another truck tractor.
The tractor-trailer increased its speed to 90 miles per hour and traveled onto the asphalt shoulder and dirt shoulder at times.
Mohatt was able to stop the truck and place the driver under arrest for reckless driving.
Inland Division Commercial Mobile Road Enforcement Officer Ralph Garcia completed an inspection of the truck and trailer which resulted in the trailer being placed out of service for a tire that was completely flat and falling off the rim.
The driver was placed out of service once released from jail for not having a logbook.
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Another idiotic action of a untrained person, behind the wheel. This actions are one of the the reasons why good and responsible people quit driving, besides poor pay, lack of respect,lack of benefits, stressed ways to work, abuse from everyone, we have to deal with those people who came from whatever they were before, and do stuff like that,
He got arrested and released? What a heck.. he should have his license taken away, andnot being released.. wtf…its getting worst by the minute out here
He had to have had some training to be able to handle driving a tractor trailer up to 90 MPH while evading police.
I totally agree. I see so many trucks pass me while I’m doing 70 mph and that’s what the speed limit sign says and I know darn well that that those trucks are doing more than 10 mph over the posted speed.
Anybody can do that. Anybody can drive a truck, but only a Professional drives and handles the truck in a Professional manner.
Send him to Colorado to kill more innocent people!
Did the person speak English, could he read the road signs. We need speed limiter on all trucks over 26000 lbs! It is shear lunacy for a. class 8 truck to go over 70 miles per hour. Before you scream. I been driving long haul for 49 years, no person. Alive can handle a blown steer tire with their left foot on the dash, steering with three fingers, while watching a movie on their phone in the middle of the steering wheel. This young drivers under forty are the worst that fen phone is the cause of numerous crowding other vehicles of the road. I would love to put a plain clothes patrol officer in the jump seat and have ten chase cars to stop the drivers texting and watching movies on their lap tops. It is up to law enforcement to get these dangerous drivers out of these 80000 lbs trucks.
I am with you, 100% on your comment. Been driving for 56 years now. Never an accident, no moving violations, and only 3 or 4 weight tickets that I didn’t have control of checking. I see the Idiots that have been driving a year or two and think they know it all and have every type of scene under their radar,\. Most Truckers can drive on a normal road but No trucker knows the danger of a loaded truck with too much speed. I have never known a truck to stop a load of 40,000 lbs the same on two different types of highway construction. Wet highways stop totally different and with black ice and slick highways, waiting just one second too long can be fatal. Being a Truckdriver, you can go to Jail for even being in the right with an accident. People do dumb things to collect insuran=ce money and in almost all cases, the trucking company pays a lot of money to avoid paying a Lawyer even more money. Today’s Trucking is Not fair or respected. But, we truckers brought most of it on our own selves by ignoring the Idiots that get out here and drive amongst us. No one wants to be a tattle-tale but our safety means a whole lot more.
Amen brother these drivers that watch movies are a menace. Attention should be on driving. I saw at least 30 tractor trailer rigs crashed on the I 80 from Gary to Toledo last week. 4 of them passed me at a high rate of speed. I saw those same rigs later down the road in the ditch.
I never hear anybody talk about speed limiters on school buses. School buses loaded with children speed past me on the highway. I drive a truck that has a 65 MPH speed limiter on it. I’ve paced school buses in my personal vehicle. Some school busses seem to hit a speed limiter at 72 MPH and 75 MPH. In my opinion, School age children are definitely more valuable cargo than any type of freight out here on the road.
Punish everyone because of one moron, surprisingly wasn’t called a racist for speeding like a loon! 75-80 ya need for getting around those in the way on interstate roads & if they’ve got unsafe equipment should be put out of service or parked!
FYI 44.5 years over 2,000,000 miles ZERO tickets/accidents!
Why feed on the racist Art. 44.5 years over 2,000,000 miles is about 45,000 miles a year. Nothing to brag about. Zero tickets/ accidents is just talk. Can’t prove nor are we interested