A ruckus in Orem,
UT, has C.R. England Inc. officials wondering what provoked independent
contractor Bruce Wilson, 53, of Beaumont, CA, to barricade himself in his truck
last Tuesday night. Wilson’s truck had run out of fuel and when a tow truck was
dispatched, Wilson wouldn’t get out.
standoff ended with Wilson surrendering to police. Gordon Lambert, vice
president of C.R. England Inc., said the company had not talked to Wilson since
“I want to talk to
him and see what in the world happened,” said Lambert. “He had been easy to
work with and doing well.”
frustrated with the varied reports of local news and stories of the driver
being high on meth.
“There were no reports
of drugs being found, or the trucker using,” said Lambert. “He was charged with
a misdemeanor. You’d think if he’d been high on drugs it would have been more
Utah Department of
Safety Lt. Ken Peay said Wilson was charged with one Class A misdemeanor for
unlawful control of a vehicle plus two lesser misdemeanors, interfering with
lawful arrest and littering.
“He dumped the
contents of the cab on the ground before he surrendered,” explained Peay.
Peay said Wilson was
still in the Utah County jail in Spanish Fork.
“I don’t know why,”
said Peay, “I guess nobody wants to bail him out.”
Wilson was an
independent contractor, after having signed on with C.R. England’s lease
purchase program a couple of months ago. Lambert said this was the second time
Wilson had been on England’s payroll, the first time he was a company driver.
Lambert said the
news reports that Wilson had been fired on the day of the standoff were false
and the truth was he was bailing out of his lease purchase arrangement.
“He had notified us
he was quitting and was heading back to Salt Lake to return the truck,” said
Lambert. “Because he was terminating the deal, we cut off his fuel privileges.”
The truck ran out of
fuel on an Interstate 15 ramp in Orem. A tow truck driver was dispatched.
Wilson was in the truck and refused to come out. According to KSL-TV Eye
Witness News, the tow truck driver reported he called police because Wilson
was acting strangely. Reportedly he told the tower he was going to a better place
and asked if he wanted to come along.
Police threw in a
cell phone, but Wilson threw it back. The interstate ramp at 1600 North was
closed for about three hours, but Lt. Peay said I-15 traffic was not affected.
Peay said the enforcement team “took its time” and let the situation play out.
Wilson peacefully surrendered to SWAT officers.
“We’re just glad no
one got hurt,” said Peay.
That is, except the
officer who got bit. Police had brought in a dog to subdue the trucker, but the
dog attacked one of the SWAT team members instead. According to The Salt
Lake Tribune, the officer’s injuries were minor.
Soendker, managing editor