Trucker arrested after armed standoff with police along I-10 in Mississippi

 The yet unidentified truck driver involved in what ended up being a five-hour standoff with police did not actually threaten police officers with a machete, contrary to earlier reports from media outlets. Mississippi Highway Patrol Master Sgt. Chase Elkins said in a press conference the machete report stemmed from Jackson County Sheriff deputies seeing a machete in the truck when they first pulled the trucker over before he led them on a chase.

Elkins said when the truck driver stopped near mile marker 59 on I-10 Westbound, he communicated over the phone with the sheriff’s department for five hours before surrendering on his own without injury.

The incident began with a road rage incident between two truck drivers, Elkins said, and the truck driver who led police on a pursuit hit three other vehicles before stopping. There were no injuries from these collisions, Elkins added. Police used non-lethal gas and smoke to get the driver out of his truck.

I-10 is now fully open in both directions.

Update – Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2 p.m. Central: The Mississippi Highway Patrol reports the truck driver involved in the standoff with police has been safely taken into custody. The Mississippi Department of Transportation reports the left lane of I-10 Eastbound at mile marker 61 is blocked, while the right lane on the westbound side is still blocked.


The PTL driver is still barricaded in the truck


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A truck driver is reportedly in an armed standoff with police along I-10 in Mississippi Wednesday afternoon, according to a report from Mobile, Alabama-based NBC15.

The report states the standoff began as a road rage incident in Alabama involving the trucker and other vehicles. The driver then led police on a chase west into Mississippi, where he was pulled over sometime before 10:30 a.m.

The driver then reportedly got out of his truck brandishing a machete and came at the police officers. The deputies then reportedly backed off, and the truck driver got back in his truck and locked himself in.

As of 1 p.m. Central time Wednesday, police are attempting to coax the driver out of the truck. As a result, I-10 in Mississippi is shut down in both directions between exits 57 and 60.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Law enforcement in standoff w trucker on I-10 in east & westbound lanes closed b/t exits 57 & 60. NBC 15 has a crew en route. @mynbc15

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Multiple agencies are on scene with a barricaded driver of an 18 wheeler on I-10 @jacksoncountyMS Sheriff department is trying to negotiate with the driver.

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Florida Highway Patrol Will Ticket You For Driving In Left Lane

The left lane is meant for passing only, and if you’re caught riding in this lane, you could get a $161 fine and up to three points on your license.

Driving in the left lane leads to traffic congestion and road rage according to Florida Highway Patrol’s Lieutenant Greg Bueno. Lt. Bueno said this issue is a growing problem in every county in Florida and is entirely up to the discretion of the trooper whether to pull you over and ticket you.

So whether you’re on I-10, I-295, I-275, I-75, I-4 or I-95…the best thing to do, once you pass a car using the left lane is to get back over in the right-hand or middle lane.

Phoenix Police: man dead following crash involving semi-truck

PHOENIX — Phoenix Police officials say a man is dead, following a crash involving a pedestrian and a semi truck on Friday night.

According to a statement released by Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, the incident took place in an area of 51st Avenue just south of I-10 East. Officers were called to the area at around 7:10 p.m. for the crash. According to witnesses, the man, who was walking, was struck by an unknown semi-truck while on 51st Avenue. The truck did not stop after the crash.

The man, according to Sgt. Fortune, was declared dead at the scene. Police did not provide a description for the semi.

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