Breaker One-nine, I got zombies on my tail…

Oh for the day when zombies are no longer the excuse for every other horrible incident that happens.


A 19-year-old suspected of stealing a big-rig and driving out of control on Interstate 15, triggering a chain-reaction crash that injured at least a half-dozen people, took the 18-wheeler because he thought “zombies” were chasing him, authorities said.

Officer Nathan Baer said the suspect, a transient, had hitched a ride with the northbound trucker and was apparently under the influence of an unknown substance when he began to hallucinate.

“He told our investigators that he thought he saw zombies chasing after him,” Baer said.

According to the CHP, [suspect Jeremiah Clyde] Hartline slid behind the wheel of the idling truck and stomped the accelerator, heading onto the freeway, but less than 2 miles into the ride encountered trouble steering the rig, which was loaded with strawberries.

Hartline was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and booked into Southwest Detention Center in French Valley where he remained held in lieu of $5,000 bail Tuesday, jail records show.

The occupants of the Tacoma — Kyle Schlosser of San Jacinto and Sarah Small of Hemet — were seriously injured.

Not again. Hallucinating. Zombies. Will this meme never end?

Note, the title is a trucking reference. Sorry, it’s in my blood and I watched BJ and the Bear when I was a kid. I’ll shut up now because… ZOMBIES.

  5 comments for “Breaker One-nine, I got zombies on my tail…

  1. April 10, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Drug induced zombies? Wow. Thanks for the trucker references. Makes me think of this clip:

  2. April 10, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Don’t even get me started. I’m still singing “Convoy” in my head. (probably before your time but what that clip was BASED on)

  3. April 10, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Ha. You learn something new everyday. That movie came out a few years before I was born.

  4. One Eyed Jack
    April 11, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    CHP? Are Ponch and John on the case?

    For Sharon, no you are not the only one that heard “Convoy” in their head. This here’s the Rubber Duck, and I’m about to put the hammer down…

  5. RDW
    April 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    I hope the people who were seriously injured recover well. What a terrible waste of strawberries.

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