TEMECULA, Calif. (May 14, 2013)--A Tennessee man who told authorities he was fleeing zombies when he stole an 18-wheeler in California and then caused several accidents has pleaded guilty to several felonies.
Jerimiah Hartline pleaded guilty Monday to assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run causing death or injury, and vehicle theft.
He could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.
The California Highway Patrol says Hartline stowed away in the truck in Tennessee and then stole it when the driver got out at roadside scales near Temecula, Calif.
The CHP says after Hartline caused several crashes, the big-rig overturned on Interstate 15 and spilled its load of strawberries.
Seven people were injured.
CHP investigators say Hartline told them he had to speed and swerve because he was fleeing from the walking dead.