Semi Truck Hijacked In Southern Oregon; Arrest Made

By Jim McCoy Fri 25th October NewshijackingTravis Blondell
- Oregon state troopers say a man hijacked a semitrailer truck at knifepoint from a driver who had stopped for dinner along Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon. Troopers say the hijacker was arrested Thursday night after officers deployed spike strips that shredded the truck's tires. By the end of a chase north of Roseburg, some wheels were down to bare rims, and the truck's speed was down to 10 mph as the hijacker made obscene hand gestures at his pursuers. When the truck stopped, officers sent in a dog to get the man out of the cab. Police say 36-year-old Travis Blondell of Wolf Creek was treated for bites and jailed on multiple charges. Police said he'd been arrested recently on a charge of assaulting an officer. The trucker wasn't hurt.

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