Police in Chicopee, Massachusetts say that a trucker was under the influence of alcohol when he left a path of destruction in his wake on Wednesday night (June 3).
The incident began when 63-year-old Edward Lynch of Alexandria, Virginia, failed to pay for $196.33 worth of fuel after filling up at a Pride station. Lynch says that he struck a parked truck at the truck stop and that he tried to pull over, but then hit a second parked truck. Lynch said that at this point several angry people started yelling and chasing him, so he fled across the street to a Motel 6. While driving around the building, he hit a parked car and the corner of the motel, damaging the cinder blocks.
Lynch told police that he realized that he hit something, but the mob started chasing him again, so he fled the scene.
From there, he drove over a 2,000 boulder at a McDonald’s restaurant, dragging it behind his truck.
By the time police arrived on the scene, Lynch was attempting to enter Interstate 291 westbound. When they tried to pull him over, he attempted to flee but was prevented by the boulder he was dragging. By the time Lynch stopped the truck, it was badly damaged, with several flat tires and bent rims.
By the time police had him in cuffs, he had to be placed in the patrol car for his safety, as several people from the Pride station and the Motel 6 had followed him.
Court documents say that when Lynch tried to perform the alphabet recitation part of the sobriety check, he recited, “ABCDEFYNCHIGHFLMNOTXYNG.”
Lynch refused a Breathalyzer, meaning that his CDL was automatically revoked. On top of drunk driving charges, he is also facing charges of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, having an open container of alcohol and larceny under $250.
You can take a look at the crews removing the boulder wedged under the truck in the video below.