A wild high-speed chase involving an 18-wheeler got even wilder when cops had to tell a news chopper to back off during a standoff with the truck driver.
Police in Fort Worth, Texas, tried to stop the truck — believed to be stolen — on Interstate 30 Friday afternoon but the driver wouldn’t pull over, according to local TV station Fox 4 News.
Instead, the driver took cops on a high-speed chase of up to 100 mph before smashing into other vehicles. The pursuit ended in a fiery crash, leaving the semi’s load burning on the highway near another charred vehicle. The driver of the bystander’s car was able to escape with non life-threatening injuries, Fox 4 reported.
Ambulance crews reported none of the drivers in the other cars involved in the chase were seriously hurt.
Officers and a SWAT team approached the truck’s cab, where the man inside had apparently barricaded himself inside.
But the standoff was interrupted by a news helicopter that was hovering directly overhead. Fort Worth police jumped on Twitter to ask the chopper to move away, saying the noise was interfering with the standoff.
Others took to Twitter to speculate as to the offending station. Apparently, the message got through, as six minutes later the police sent another polite tweet: “Thank you for moving, chopper.”
Police said the suspect in the 18-wheeler was acting “erratic” inside the cab but was taken into custody.