Arizona Semi Driver Leads Kentucky Police On 69-Mile Chaseby Jana Ritter - Published: 11/07/2016
The latest episode of big-rig police chases happened on Monday and this time it starred an Arizona truck driver who led Kentucky authorities on a 69-mile chase and then ended up in jail facing multiple felony charges.
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According to Kentucky State Police, the incident occurred on Monday afternoon at around 1:15 pm when 42-year-old Hussein Abdikadir Ali of Tucson, AZ was traveling through Warren County, north on Interstate 65 and a Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer attempted to pull the truck over for a random safety inspection. Police spokesperson, Sgt. Jason Morris says that Officer Jeremy Duvall was simply doing his job pulling over commercial vehicles for random inspections and did not anticipate this stop to be any different from the norm.
However, the truck driver did not anticipate being pulled over at all and rather than complying with the officer’s orders he decided to take off. What ensued was a 69-mile chase, accumulating a trail of seven patrol cars and several Troopers trying different tactics to stop the semi. But the driver just kept going and going. Finally at about two miles north of Sonora, where police had deployed spike strips to puncture the truck's tires, the disabled rig was forced to stop. But the trouble didn’t end there. Ali again refused to comply with police orders and wouldn’t exit the truck, eventually forcing the officers to take him down.
Morris says that it isn’t clear why the truck driver would decide to take such a risk and flee when the truck was being operated legally and they didn’t find him with any illegal drugs or contraband other than a gun he didn’t have a permit for. "We honestly have no idea, and he never would tell us," Morris said.
Unfortunately the driver’s decision landed him in jail facing serious charges of first-degree fleeing and evading police, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, speeding 13 mph over the limit, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, license to be in possession and resisting arrest.