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Stuck Semi-truck Escalates to Police Takedown

by Jana Ritter - Published: 2/22/2016

In a recent string of incidents involving rampaging truck drivers, police were forced to shoot down a big rig causing chaos in the College Park area of Atlanta on Saturday evening. Fortunately nobody was hurt in the incident, but the truck driver is facing a slew of charges that include; aggravated assault of a police officer, reckless conduct, obstruction and DUI less safe.

                                                                   Stuck semi-truck shot down

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At around 8 p.m. on Saturday, a truck driver was pulling out of the parking lot of the Waffle House restaurant located on Old National Highway when his big rig got stuck on the curb. The truck driver reacted by continuing to drive back and forth over the curb multiple times and instead of solving the problem, he created a bigger problem by holding up traffic.  "He kept going at least twenty times back and forth," said Tate Ranvek who witnessed the incident with his daughter Kyra. The traffic back-up became bad enough that police were called to the scene and that is when the truck driver escalated the situation into something much worse. According to Ranvek, police approached the big rig and simply asked the driver if he was okay but the driver responded by being uncooperative. "Police started showing up, telling him to stop,” said Ranvek. He ignored the officers’ orders and continued his attempts to move the truck back and forth over the curb. By the end, Ranvek said there were as many as a dozen officers trying to get the driver to stop and yet he refused to cooperate. “Eventually they started shooting out the wheels and the radiator, and incapacitated the semi-truck," Ranvek continued. "They tried to go in and get him out of the cab, and then shots started ringing out. Then eventually, he got out on foot and they chased him across the road, and they stopped him."

                                                                  Yahya Shakur

Ranvek also managed to capture the incident on his cell phone (watch video here). He said that at one point he thought one of the officers had been shot because he was holding his arm and appeared to be in pain. However, College Park Police later confirmed that none of the officers or the truck driver was hit by any gunfire but that one officer had been hit by a Taser amongst all the chaos and confusion. The police also said they did not find any weapons on the driver and later identified him as, 46 year-old Yahya Nalm Shakur.  Shakur remains in police custody and the investigation is now being handled by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).


Grant Knight
Grant Knight
It wasn't a shoot out. DAM. GET YALL NEWS/MEDIA GET YALL SHIT STRAIGHT. The driver didn't shoot back.
Trucking Unlimited
Trucking Unlimited
Nowhere in the story does it say the driver shot back. A police "shoot out" can apply to a situation that involves officers firing their weapons at a perceived threat (in this case the truck).
Scot Lierman
Scot Lierman
Lol... Come on now. Stretching that a lil far... Driver is an idiot, but I don't really call that a "shootout"
Grant Knight
Grant Knight
Ikr
Steve Schwab
Steve Schwab
Police firing their weapons is a police shooting situation, a police shootout is shots being fired by both parties involved
Grant Knight
Grant Knight
That's what I thought
Grant Knight
Grant Knight
Definition shoot-out a fight in which people shoot guns at each other until one side is killed or defeated
William Curtin
William Curtin
That's not the definition of a shootout and is being reported the truck was stolen anyways......The OP's definition
Debbie Curton Thompson
Debbie Curton Thompson
where's John Wayne he likes shootouts,lol
Grant Knight
Grant Knight

Grant Knight
Grant Knight

Mandy Jo
Mandy Jo
A shootout is a gun battle between armed groups. A shootout often, but not necessarily, pits law enforcement against criminal elements; it could also involve two groups outside of law enforcement, such as rival gangs. A shootout in a war-like context (i.e. regularly constituted armed forces or even guerrilla or insurgent forces) would usually be considered a battle (depending on size), rather than a shootout. Shootouts are often portrayed in action films and western films.
Jeffrey Cameron
Jeffrey Cameron
He doesn't sound to smart anyways.
Grant Knight
Grant Knight
Who^^
Don Tireman
Don Tireman
One day I was in Brooklyn making a turn and couldn't do it due to cars being parked on both sides of the street. I made a 911 call as I had the intersection blocked and the cops stopped traffic long enough for me to back out and get wider to make the turn and my delivery. Salute to the NYPD!!
James Canady
James Canady
I thought for sure you were going to tell us they told you to just run over everything in your way.....good job to you and NYPD
Don Tireman
Don Tireman
I have heard of such stories as that and running red lights to keep thieves from pilfering your cargo...
Doug Crowningshield
Doug Crowningshield
How well did the idiots at western express check out this guy and his back ground and yes it's morons like this that make the industry and the great drivers look bad put the dumbass behind bars...
Keith Gammon
Keith Gammon
Just got out of the pen
Al MacNeil
Al MacNeil
The best stories start at Waffle House! It's the Florida of breakfast restaurants. Suck it, IHOP!
Kenneth Champagne
Kenneth Champagne
Lmao!
Jennifer Evans
Jennifer Evans
Who knows what kind of damage he could of done if he made it onto the highway. Great work officers.
John Laprade
John Laprade
You might pay to get your CDL but what do you have no common sense
Paul Stone
Paul Stone
This has a happy ending. He was offered a job as a trainer by SWIFT!
Braden Edwards
Braden Edwards
Some people do not belong in a truck .
Olga Yakubovsky
Olga Yakubovsky
Dumm ass driver give us all bad name!!!
Brian Porter
Brian Porter
Dumb
D.j. Kus
D.j. Kus
Lmfao
Keith Gammon
Keith Gammon
Well old wise can pickem
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
totally correct could not agree more :D
Ryan Cannon
Ryan Cannon
Wow I'm shocked not!
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Yup Indeed
Anthony Stephen
Anthony Stephen
what a jackass
Richard Royal
Richard Royal
Poor truck. :-(
Mike Bendall
Mike Bendall
Dumbass thing to do.
Beth Howells
Beth Howells
when you high on stuff you dont listen
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Agreed
Marc Colwell
Marc Colwell
This is what happens when you can't speak English and go through three weeks in school. We don't need foreign drivers running around our country
Shaina Frolik
Shaina Frolik
Most those foreigners don't want help. We offered to help s guy secure his load the other day at a rail yard. There's specific way they want it done. The guy started yelling at them to leave him alone he didn't want help. 7 hours later!!! He Finally got done. It took the other 3 of us less than 20 mins per truck to back in and load. If their that ignorant and don't want to do shit right they need to get out from behind the wheel. Finding it more and more common that they get so flustered and when you offer to help they get all bent out of shape about it
James Canady
James Canady
Why did yall hang around for 7 hours and loaded in 20 minutes
Shaina Frolik
Shaina Frolik
Because the foreigner wouldn't let anyone show him how to properly tie his load down. So he kept having to keep redoing it. Your secure meant has to pass their guidelines before you're allowed to leave and we all kept telling him how to do it and he kept yelling at us to stop helping him. The rest of us helped each other. We had to wait for 7 hours for that guy to get out of the loading bay!
Shaina Frolik
Shaina Frolik
We all loaded in 20 mins because we could read and write in English! Which the guideline even had pictures and he still couldn't get it right
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Yeah
Mark Wright
Mark Wright
Western Express has become the junior version of Swift and Werner as far as having assholes behind the wheel
Doug Crowningshield
Doug Crowningshield
I was driving down the highway one night and a western express driver was driving with absolutely no lights on for at least 5- 10 miles he wouldn't respond to the radio and wouldn't pull over when I got beside him just ignored me so I had to call the police and get him stopped before he killed someone what a joke huh ??
Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee
On second thought Western loves rookies and second chance drivers....a function of an FMCSA that look s the other way on training and qualifications.
Eb Daniels
Eb Daniels
The cops shot tires and radiator how the hell is that a shootout dumbasses??! Media is just retarded!!
David Janke
David Janke
http://www.livetrucking.com/truck-driver-saves-young-girl-inside-rv-that-smashed-into-rig/ Their idiot author still want to call us rampaging truckers. Every industry has its idiots. It's true trucking has more than its fare share.
David Janke
David Janke
Rampaging truck drivers! That's nice real stereotypical 😡
Robert Hall
Robert Hall
How,was yanking the air lines not an option?
James Canady
James Canady
That's not as fun as shooting at something. ..
Timothy Begle
Timothy Begle
First, cops wouldn't know about air lines. Second, it could end very bad trying to get ahold of the air lines on a moving truck. Obey a lawful order would be so much simpler and safer.
Robert Hall
Robert Hall
Air lines aren't some top secret device. I saw cops pull the lines on a truck in Vegas once, and was talking to a training officer a few years later who told me that's covered in one of their programs. While it is potentially dangerous, so is pumping tires full of lead. You have pavement and metal rims which could both send a bullet into ricochet mode...
Timothy Begle
Timothy Begle
Not all cops understand the workings of a large truck. Just as not all truck drivers understand the workings of a cop. Or understand what they are trained to do. Just need drivers who stop when ordered to stop. Or can get a truck out of a driveway. Or stop when the are stuck. But we got of steering wheel holders who can't function in a truck.
James Canady
James Canady
Yeah..the pulling the airlines is a dangerous deal....
Robert Hall
Robert Hall
And bouncing bullets off the pavement isnt? I'm not sticking up for the dickhead driver, but it's fairly common knowledge about airlines. Cops don't just drive around looking for trouble, they spend a fair amount of time training for situations like this...
William Curtin
William Curtin
Only a shotgun slug will penetrate a passenger car tire sidewall, so consider the futility firing at truck tires with pistols..........
Don Tireman
Don Tireman
Too much risk of getting run over attempting to disconnect the air lines with the truck going back and forth..
Robert Hall
Robert Hall
I saw a cop at the Pilot in N. Las Vegas walk over and pull an air line on a truck that was slamming a cop car into another semi. Took all of a quick second, and FAR less risk than starting a lead rain!
Robert Hall
Robert Hall
He jumped in while the guy was shifting into reverse, and the truck was inert for a second. About as much risk as getting out of bed...
Timothy Begle
Timothy Begle
It's always all about protecting the bad drivers and attacking cops with some people.
James Canady
James Canady
Not in this situation. ..glad he didn't try to grab the airlines
Donald Gough
Donald Gough
All good things start at waffle house. 2nd damn foreigner. Has no bussiness being behind the wheel
Bryan J. Hall
Bryan J. Hall
Kinda guessed from the start I couldn't pronounce his name! !! Lol
John H Burgess
John H Burgess
Western express must really love all the free advertising they're getting!!
John Fioretti
John Fioretti
You mean this is what I get to share the highways with?
Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee
Typical western express. ...
William Seifert
William Seifert
Western express....fucktard express
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
I think anything about are fab who agrees?
Doug Ferris
Doug Ferris
Scott Miller