Bizarre Bumper Car Incident on Hwy 101 Today
One man was arrested this afternoon following a traffic incident that witness Jerry Latsko called “bizarre.” He described seeing two pickups that were “bumping and trying to impede each other” on Hwy 101 between Redcrest and Miranda a little after 2:30 p.m.
“[T]he larger, gray truck seemed to be trying to trap the smaller white truck,” Latsko wrote. “I kept waiting to get rear ended. [I]t could have caused a really bad accident but most people slowed down and kept their distance… .”
The driver of the smaller truck appeared to be attempting to get past the larger truck, he explained. “[T]he driver of the bigger truck kept trying to prevent it.”
According to Latsko, the California Highway Patrol arrived a little north of Miranda and boxed in the two vehicles. One CHP SUV pulled behind the two pickups and another pulled in front, Latsko said. “[B]y that time the trucks and other traffic were going relatively slowly enough so that it was possible. They quickly got the driver of the larger truck out of the vehicle and maneuvered the smaller truck to the northbound side of 101–cuffed the [driver of the larger truck] and stuck him in the back of one of the CHP vehicles.”
The officers then drove the truck out of the roadway.
Latsko said he did not know how many “actual bumps” occurred between the two vehicles. But, he said, the door of the big truck “had some definite wrinkles” which he saw when he passed the place where the pickups had been pulled over.
Latsko commended the California Highway Patrol for doing “a great job in a very dangerous spot… .”