Trucker lends state troopers a helping hand

| 3/12/2003

Trucker Gary Whittiker of Soddy Daisy, TN, lent a helping hand to police in Tennessee recently when he got a reckless driver off the road.

According to a report from WTVC television in Chattanooga, TN, a driver, who was not identified, was driving recklessly down I-24 in Marion County, with his car hitting signs and endangering other drivers.

Whittiker followed the car until it pulled over. He then got out of his truck and ran over to the car, pulling the keys out of the ignition to prevent the driver’s escaping. Whittiker kept the driver at the side of the road until law-enforcement officers arrived.

Tennessee state trooper Ronnie Roe told the station it would have been hard to catch the driver if Whittiker hadn't stepped in.

"We had officers where we thought was the correct area, but we weren't at the right place, but we weren't in the right place at the right time,” he said. “This truckdriver was.”

“We really appreciate our truckers out there," he added.