It’s very common for the law to have to catch up with technology. But what if the crime is something you just wouldn’t consider? This is such a case, as reported by The Chicago Tribune.
Jamarcus Applewhite was nearly finished with an eight-hour day hauling cars to Wisconsin early Thursday morning when he thought he popped a tire on the Bishop Ford Freeway just minutes from his destination.
Applewhite, 34, pulled his truck and trailer off to the side of the road near Sibley in Calumet City and got out to inspect the damage.
So something was wrong with his truck? Not exactly.
“I felt a lot of shaking,” Applewhite said. “I got out and was looking down, checking the tires when I hear an engine running … and I look and see a truck up there.”
Shazam! How’d that happen?
The pickup truck had run up the ramp of Applewhite’s empty car carrier as the vehicles sped down the highway. The pickup stopped just feet from the cab.
As Applewhite stood by the trailer, looking up, the driver leaned out and asked, “Can we pull over?”
“I’m like, ‘We are pulled over,’ ” Applewhite said.
Applewhite said he didn’t know how to get the driver and his truck off the carrier, so he called the state police.
There’s no mention of the gent being a stuntman, but it sounds like he could be.
Applewhite figures the driver must have been going very fast. Applewhite had been driving about 55 mph and didn’t see the pickup approaching.
He said a regular car could not have made it up the carrier’s ramp, but the pickup truck’s tires were big enough. If one of the carrier’s decks hadn’t been tilted, Applewhite said, the pickup could have crashed into his cab or flown right over it.
He was cited with improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed, an Illinois State Police master sergeant said Thursday afternoon. More details were not released, pending investigation of the accident.