Stuck Semi-truck Escalates to Police Takedownby 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.
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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."
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).