The California Highway Patrol (CHP)’s Victorville Division assisted in the arrest of a driver following a high speed tractor trailer pursuit on Thursday.
According to CHP, several motorists called 911 just before 8 a.m. on Thursday, February 3, to report a semi truck with a reckless driver on southbound I-15 near the Nevada State Line. Callers said that the truck was traveling at excessive speeds and driving on the shoulder at times.
CHP describes the police pursuit that ensued involving a Victorville Police officer:
While multiple CHP units were handling a stolen truck tractor call, Victorville officer Ryan Mohatt was able to get in position to intercept the reckless driver. Officer Mohatt noticed the truck tractor as it passed Stoddard wells road, in The #1 lane (fast lane) in excess of 80 miles per hour. As officer Mohatt began to overtake the truck tractor it moved to the #3 lane (slow lane) to pass multiple passenger vehicles and almost collide with another truck tractor. The truck tractor increased its speed to 90 miles per hour traveling onto the asphalt shoulder and onto the dirt shoulder at times. Officer Mohatt was able to stop the truck and place the driver under arrest for reckless driving.
Following the driver’s arrest, CHP’s Inland Division Commercial Mobile Road Enforcement officer Ralph Garcia conducted an inspection. The trailer was placed out of service for “a tire that was completely flat and falling off the rim.”
The driver was placed out of service for not having a log book, CHP said.
“This was a disaster that was prevented thanks to the motorists who called 911 and the officers determination to keep other motorists safe and stop this driver that had no regard for others safety,” CHP said.