Trucker Lied About Being Attacked and Robbed, Police Say
Medina County, OH – A trucker who told police he was attacked and stabbed along an Ohio interstate on Wednesday night made up the story, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) has announced.
Reports of an apparent truck jacking along Interstate 76 West near Akron Road in Wadsworth began surfacing on local and social media Wednesday evening.
NE Ohio Emergency & News Group was on the scene shortly after the incident and reported two black males wearing masks were later apprehended in connection with the alleged attack.
However, OSHP is saying that is not true.
Authorities said the trucker — whose identity has not been released — told investigators a pickup truck flashed its high beams in attempts to get him to stop around 8 p.m.
When he pulled over, the driver told OSHP he was stabbed by one man as another held a gun on him.
He claimed the two men robbed him and fled in a dark-colored pickup truck, FOX8 reported.
The driver was transported to a nearby medical facility to receive treatment for his injuries, which were considered to be non-life threatening.
However, once the trucker was at the hospital, his story began to change, investigators said.
Officials noted “inconsistencies” in the driver’s statement.
Following additional questioning, he trucker eventually “withdrew” his story of being attacked, stabbed and robbed.
Authorities did not provide a potential motive for the false story.
Additionally, authorities did not confirm if the injuries the driver suffered were self-inflicted.
It is unclear if the driver will face charges for lying to authorities.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to keep you updated.