MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – An 18-wheeler traveling backwards through downtown Mobile and Interstate 10 was stopped Thursday night by law enforcement officers who determined the rig’s tires needed to be shot.
The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office said they encountered a truck going the wrong way on Interstate 165 and Beauregard Avenue and tried to pull it over.
The driver refused and headed downtown, going the wrong way several times on one-way roads before reaching the CSA terminal and hitting the gate.
At one point the truck was to head west on I-10.
Officials said it was traveling in the eastbound lane at 20 to 30 miles per hour.
Mobile County Sheriff Paul Birch said the sheriff was able to shoot out a tire at the time and stop the vehicle near the Michigan Avenue exit.
Suspect tried to flee, but agent and K9 forces
I was able to stop him and arrest him.
A representative said he believed the man was under the influence after finding him with several grams of methamphetamine and ice.
Officials said the Narcotics Squad led a K9 unit to search the truck. The FOX10 crew witnessed dogs sniffing and barking around the track. No word if anything is found in the truck.
Sheriff Birch identified the suspect as Christopher Foster. Foster was arrested and charged with criminal conduct, reckless endangerment, possession of controlled substances, resisting arrest, and attempted escape.
“Our agents implemented excellent tactics and were able to prevent a horrific situation in which several people died.
This was an MCSO chase, with back-up assistance provided by the Mobile Police Department.
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