A Texas trucker who was kidnapped at gunpoint at a truck stop
north of Dallas Sunday escaped uninjured four hours later in Fort Worth.
The ordeal started at the Pride Fuel Stop in the small town of Fairview in Collin County.
County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. John Norton told “Land Line
Now” the truck driver – Christie Bundren of Allen, TX – had pulled into the lot
to park her rig and meet her son-in-law, who planned to drive her to a family
Norton said the two met, and then noticed a man who was having a hard
time trying to start his car.
“The victim’s son-in-law walked over to try to help the guy, and the
guy pulled a gun on the son-in-law,” Norton said. “There was some kind of
exchange there, and at that point, the suspect ran from the area, got into the
truck with the victim and forced her to drive away from the scene.”
Norton said that on orders from the gunman, Bundren drove on various
interstates in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, and at one point through a
Police, who were in pursuit the entire time, eventually shot out the
tractor’s tires and fired shots into the radiator, which finally brought the
rig to a standstill.
At that point, Bundren jumped out with her dog. Norton said police then
used tear gas on the suspect, who was still in the cab.
He quickly got out and surrendered.
Lt. Rick Watson of the Dallas Police Department said Bundren did a
remarkable job of driving – considering the situation.
“Certainly she was upset, but at the same time, she was very strong and
very courageous in what she did,” Watson said. “She did an outstanding job
under the circumstances. She was not physically hurt, she was just emotionally
Police later learned that the car the suspect was having trouble
starting back at the truck stop was one of two vehicles the suspect had
allegedly stolen at gunpoint just prior to the truck hijacking.
– By Reed Black, staff writer