Two Tennessee males are facing charges after they allegedly tossed a rock off of an overpass and nearly killed a truck driver.
The rock throwing incident took place around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, in Monteagle, Tennessee, according to a report from News Channel 9.
Police say that an unidentified female truck driver was going under an I-24 overpass when a rock was heaved at her truck, shattering her windshield and bending her steering wheel.
Though she suffered cuts to her head and arms from the broken glass, the truck driver was able to safely maneuver her truck to the next exit ramp. She was treated at the hospital and has since been released.
Police say that they were able to make arrests just three hours after the rock throwing incident occurred. After finding two sets of bootprints on the overpass, police went to the home of a juvenile suspect who had previously been involved in a rock throwing incident. Boots in his home matched the bootprints found at the overpass, but the suspect told officers that another man, 20 year old Phillip Thrasher, was actually responsible for throwing the rock.
Boots found at Thrasher’s home also matched bootprints found at the scene. Thrasher told police that the juvenile suspect threw the rock.
Both Thrasher and the juvenile were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, but those charges could be increased to aggravated assault.
Monteagle Police Chief Virgil McNeese said that if the rock had been thrown just two seconds later, it would have hit the truck driver in the face and would have killed her.