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.