Truck Driver Charged After Crashing Into Arkansas Police Cruiser Then Fleeing the Scene
Little Rock, AR – A Texas truck driver is facing charges after crashing into an Arkansas State Police (ASP) cruiser along Interstate 40 and then fleeing the scene.
According to the ASP, the incident happened on Wednesday around 9 a.m. along I-40, west of Lonoke.
Investigators said Sgt. Chuck Lewis was inside his cruiser with his emergency blue lights activated in an attempt to warn I-40 westbound drivers about a crash 200 yards ahead that was slowing traffic.
ASP reported dozens of crashes along a 30-mile stretch of I-40 on Wednesday amid snowy and icy conditions.
Officials said traffic was moving in excess of 50 mph when truck driver Joe A. Barbosa, age 54, of San Antonio, TX, approached Sgt. Lewis’s vehicle and lost control of the tractor-trailer he was operating.
ASP said as Barbosa began to apply his brakes his big rig jackknifed, causing the trailer to smash into the rear of the police cruiser.
The force of the collision caused the police vehicle to be spun into the tree line north of the interstate.
Officials indicated Barbosa was able to regain control of the rig before continuing on.
He was later apprehended near North Little Rock (approximately 20 miles), where he was charged with careless and prohibited driving and leaving the scene of a property damage crash.
Fortunately, neither man suffered serious injuries.