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.


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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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Fatal 18-wheeler accident in Winston Co.

WINSTON COUNTY, Miss.  — A portion of Highway 25 in Winston County was shut down Thursday after a fatal 18-wheeler crash.

The crash happened before 8 a.m., about nine miles north of Louisville near Bluff Lake Road.

Northbound lanes were closed, while crews clear the scene. The big rig was the only vehicle involved in the accident.

State troopers have not released the name of the driver of the 18-wheeler. The crash is still being investigated.

Vintage fire truck crashes on I-10 after being swiped by 18-wheeler, Biloxi police say

A vintage fire truck crashed on Interstate 10 on Monday, coming to rest against a concrete wall on the Tchoutacabouffa River Bridge, police say.

It appears the fire truck swerved after a semi-truck side-swiped it, Biloxi Police Maj. Christopher De Back said.

The driver of the fire truck was taken to a hospital to be checked out, De Back said. It didn’t appear that he was injured. The concrete divider wall kept the fire truck from entering the opposite lanes.

To the casual driver, it appeared to be a crash involving a firefighter. But the fire truck is an old model that’s no longer in service, De Back said.

“The VIN comes back to Louisiana, but it had been sold,” he said. The truck said “Fredericksburg Fire Dept.” on the side.

Police were not immediately able to confirm who owns the fire truck. They were waiting on the driver to be finished at a hospital before asking if he owns the truck or was delivering it to someone, De Back said.

A vintage fire truck crashed into the center guardrail on Interstate 10 in Biloxi on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018.