Alabama State Trooper Charles Dysart said a trooper stopped a westbound commercial truck on I-20 near exit 191, between Oxford and Heflin, at 9:17 a.m. because its load was improperly secured. The driver pulled the tractor trailer over and then jumped out of the vehicle from the passenger side and ran into the woods, according to Dysart.
The trooper put a call out to local law enforcement agencies for help, Dysart said. Heflin police and the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department answered.
Despite their help, the driver of the truck wasn’t found. The area where troopers said the stop occurred is near the western edge of the Talladega National Forest. Farmland, residential areas and woods are also nearby.
Troopers later learned the truck was stolen, Dysart said.
The trooper did arrest the driver of a black Jeep Cherokee that had allegedly attempted to prevent the trooper from pulling over the truck, Dysart said. That driver, Orin Jackson, was arrested at the Samco gas station at exit 188 in Oxford and charged with interfering with governmental operations, Dysart said by email Sunday night.
“The driver was placed under arrest as it was later discovered that he was communicating with the truck driver via cell phone,” Dysart said. Troopers did not know the identity of the driver of the tractor trailer Sunday night, according to Dysart.
Cleburne County Sheriff Joe Jacks declined to comment on the incident, referring questions to the state troopers.
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