Trucker Accused of Strangling Another Trucker at Truck Stop

Hate Crime

A truck driver from Mississippi is accused of strangling and assaulting another truck driver at a York, Nebraska, truck stop.

According to the York News Times, the altercation started over a truck stop accident.

The victim, a truck driver from Colorado, told police that he was sleeping in his bunk when he felt something hit his truck.

The driver got up and exited his truck to investigate. That’s when he encountered Mississippi truck driver Billy Myrick.

“He explained he attempted to take photos of Myrick’s driver and truck information and noticed the photos were insufficient. At that time, Myrick had already left the area. He reinitiated contact with Myrick a few stalls down,” the police report states.

According to the report, that’s when Myrick got out of his truck and grabbed the victim’s phone out of his hands. Myrick allegedly then threw the victim’s phone into his truck.

The victim went to retrieve his phone. That’s when the victim said that Myrick began punching him. The victim said that he attempted to defend himself but Myrick kept punching him.

The victim fell to the round and Myrick allegedly began choking the victim.

“Officers said the other driver allegedly told them he tried to call out for help but was ‘unable to as his airway was blocked. While Myrick was ‘choking’ him, he was also struck in the head by Myrick’s knee,'” the York News Times reported.

Following the altercation, Myreck attempted to flee and ran into a concrete bollard by the lube bay.

“This caused damage to the trailer and the structure of the building. A witness to the collision with the building was able to follow Myrick until he got to the interstate. The trailer did not have any lights and the vehicle description was driven to dispatch,” the report states.

A Nebraska state trooper was able to stop the truck and arrested Myrick.

Myrick has been charged with assault and strangulation. If convicted, he faces 3 years in prison and 18 month of probation and a $10,000 fine.