Local Police Officers Chase Down, Stop Runaway Big Rig

LACY LAKEVIEW (November 14, 2013) Two Lacy Lakeview police officers chased down and stopped a slow-moving runaway 18-wheeler on an Interstate 35 exit ramp after the truck’s driver suffered what authorities said was a diabetic seizure and lost consciousness, evidently as he tried to pull off the highway.

Police officer Tyler Adams spotted the truck traveling at an unusually slow speed at around 10 p.m. Monday on the exit ramp.

As he attempted to pull the 18-wheeler over, Cpl. Amanda Leka observed that the driver, whose name was not released, was slumped over the wheel of the truck.

Two other Lacy Lakeview officers, Joseph Melendez and William Gonzalez, assisted by Department of Public Safety troopers, stopped traffic as Leka and Adams got out of their patrol vehicles, chased down the rig and brought the 18-wheeler to a stop, police said Thursday.

The driver was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.

Lacy Lakeview police Chief John Truehitt credited the officers Thursday for their “exceptional and quick action.”

“These officers heroically saved the life of the driver and prevented substantial damage to property and other motorists,” he said in a press release.