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Truckers work together to box in wrong way DUI suspect


Tennessee police are crediting a group of truck drivers who they say worked together to stop a suspected drunk driver traveling the wrong way on the interstate.

The incident began around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20, in Kingsport, Tennessee, according to the Kingsport Times News.

According to reports, 45 year old Larry Todd Blazer was seen by several witnesses driving a 2006 Honda Accord north in the southbound lanes of I-81. One truck driver called police after Blazer nearly hit him head on and then remained on the line to tell police where he was headed.

It was then that a group of truck drivers worked together to box Blazer in until police could arrive.

From a report from the Kingsport Police Department:

“At one point, the car attempted to turn back around and backed into the guardrail as he was maneuvering. Once other tractor-trailer drivers realized that the driver was trying to get around them, several other semi trucks were able to block the highway, preventing the car from continuing.”

When officers caught up with Blazer, he was stopped in the lanes of traffic on I-81 at mile marker 60. Police said that he smelled of alcohol and they found a pint bottle of Johnny Bootlegger in his vehicle.

Blazer later told police that he’d had too much to drink and said “I’m guilty.”

Blazer has been charged with reckless endangerment and DUI.


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