Motorist Opens Fire on Trucker Along Interstate Then Hides From Police at Truck Stop
Monterey, TN – In an ironic twist of events, a motorist sought refuge at a Tennessee truck stop after he allegedly shot at a trucker on the interstate and led police on a short chase last weekend.
The events unfolded just after 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 13 in Roane County on I-40.
Officials with the Monterey Police Department (MPD) were dispatched to locate a dark grey Infiniti sedan, which had been involved in an interstate shooting.
According to MPD, the driver of the Infiniti — later identified as Nashville resident Xavier Waters — fired a weapon at a semi-truck while traveling on I-40, striking the door of the truck.
MPD located the vehicle suspected of being involved in the shooting near the 301 exit.
Authorities initiated a traffic stop on Waters, who refused to stop.
MPD followed Waters westbound on I-40 and Putnam County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) joined in the pursuit.
At the same time, officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) deployed spike strips in Cookeville in an attempt to disable the vehicle.
THP’s efforts were successful, as two tires on Waters’ Infiniti were flattened.
Nonetheless, Waters continued fleeing law enforcement driving to the town of Baxter, where the vehicle left I-40 at exit 280.
As Waters exited I-40 and attempted to turn onto Highway 56 (Old Gainsboro Road), he lost control of the vehicle.
He then jumped out of the car and ran to a nearby Love’s Travel Center, located at 110 Fast Lane in Baxter.
The travel center was evacuated as officials searched for the suspect.
Police K9s were deployed to aid in the search.
Waters was eventually located hiding inside the freezer area of the McDonald’s located inside the Love’s and taken into custody without further incident.
Waters was charged with evading, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless endangerment, and driving on a revoked drivers license.
In addition, he was charged in Roane County for Aggravated Assault in connection to the big rig shooting.
Following his arrest, officials noted Waters had warrants out of Knox County for felony aggravated assault with a handgun, felony kidnapping, felony aggravated burglary, domestic assault, and theft.
A booking photo was not immediately available by Tennessee officials.
The trucker involved in the dangerous incident was not identified and no injuries were reported.