A tractor trailer truck stolen from Atlanta raced south on Interstate 75 on Tuesday with a bandit at the wheel and the rig’s rightful driver clinging to the back of its cab.
Milo Banks, 27, of Albany, is accused of car-jacking the truck’s owner at the Kroger in Union City, 4550 Jonesboro Road, according to authorities. He remained in custody at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday evening.
State troopers and deputies from several counties chased the truck all the way to Forsyth in a high-drama pursuit that was broadcast via TV-news choppers on national cable outlets.
The trailer-less red rig, its tires shredded, ground to a halt shortly after 3 p.m. just north of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Monroe County.
“Apparently Fulton County officers started chasing them ... and there was a man, a hostage, on the truck. And our officers did see a man hanging on the back of it, holding on to the air lines,” said Monroe sheriff’s Lt. Brad Freeman. “We tried to use some spike strips near the Monroe-Lamar county line, and I don’t know if it hit the spike strips or not.”
The truck was stopped about seven miles later, half a mile north of the Monroe weigh station, with its front tires gone.
“Just rims,” Freeman said.
“The person on the back of the truck jumped off after it slowed down. ... I don’t know how he ended up on the back of his own rig. The suspect just kept driving with this guy on the back.”
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