trucker was beaten and bound by two men impersonating police
officers Mar. 22 on Interstate 12 in Louisiana. She used her
e-mail after the attackers left to call for help.
whose name was not released, was driving on I-12 through St.
Tammany Parish shortly before 8 p.m. when a white sedan with
red lights flashing on its roof pulled up behind her, said St.
Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson James Hartman.
After pulling onto the shoulder, the two men told her to exit
the truck. When she did, the men reportedly knocked her out
with a blow to the head.
to Hartman, once she regained consciousness, the men were nowhere
to be found and her hands were bound with tape behind her back.
She reportedly used her teeth to pull a pen from her pocket
and punched in an emergency message to her company on the truck
cab's satellite-linked computer, which directed authorities
to the scene.
arrived shortly thereafter to find the woman beside her truck,
which was off the westbound lanes of I-12 near state Highway
1077 north of Madisonville. She was still bound, and had visible
injuries to her forehead. According to police, nothing appeared
to be missing from the cab, and the tanker truck she was driving
from Mississippi to Baton Rouge was empty. Hartman told Land
Line the motive for the attack is under investigation.
lights used by the attackers reportedly were portable magnetic
units that can be attached to the top of a vehicle. Hartman
said few law enforcement agencies use such lights and Louisiana
agencies always use at least one blue light on their vehicles.
are described as white, both about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing
about 180 to 200 pounds with very pale skin and very short dark
hair. Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff's Office
at (985) 892-4141.
advises that drivers who believe they are being stopped by a
person impersonating a police officer should maintain a legal
speed and drive to a well-populated or well-lighted area before