Alleged Truck Stop Assault Ends In Hit-And-Run, Arrest Of Trucker
Ingham County, Michigan – A North Carolina truck driver was arrested this week after a series of alleged offenses began at a truck stop in Michigan.
Investigators say a 23-year-old man from Charlotte, North Carolina, allegedly assaulted and strangled a female at a truck stop in Watertown Township during the morning hours of Wednesday, November 28. Clinton County Police responded to the scene at approximately 6:30 a.m. and discovered the truck driver had fled the scene. A warrant for the man’s arrest was then issued and police began searching for the suspect.
It would not take them long to locate him. In the assailant’s haste to get away, police say the tractor-trailer he was driving struck a box truck along U.S. 127 in Ingham County, Michigan, at approximately 7:15 a.m. When Ingham County deputies arrived on the scene they discovered the truck driver had once again fled the scene, but this time on foot.
Police said the man was then spotted in the woods west of the highway. They sent in a K-9 unit to locate the man. Once Ingham County officials apprehended the man, they quickly discovered he had a warrant out for his arrest from earlier that morning. The suspect, whose identity has not yet been released by police, was taken to a nearby hospital then turned over to Clinton County Police.
Officials say the suspect is believed to have also sideswiped another car minutes before striking the box truck. They also indicated that alcohol may have been a factor.
The alleged assault victim was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. We will continue to follow this story as it develops.
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