Truck Driver Leads Police On Chase

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Rob T.'s Comment
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A CMV violation seems like child's play to the charges hes now facing. Definitely isnt helping to change the stereotype, and I hope this guy will never get another opportunity to be behind the wheel.News link from Des Moines news station

URBANDALE, Iowa – A chase on I-80 involving a semi truck Thursday morning ended in Urbandale under the 86th Street bridge, where law enforcement officers had to break out the semi’s window and tase the driver.

Sgt. Nathan Ludwig with the Iowa State Patrol says the pursuit began just east of Altoona in the westbound lanes of I-80, near the 143-mile marker. A state trooper had a semi pulled over for a commercial motor vehicle violation and was standing with the driver at the back of the trooper’s vehicle while issuing a citation. The driver, 46-year-old Ryan Tourtillott of Apple Valley, California, wasn’t happy about the situation and grabbed the citation, crumpled it up, and ran back to the cab of the semi and took off.

Tourtillott continued westbound on I-80 at speeds of 50 to 60 miles per hour and at one point stopped near 2nd Ave. but refused to get out of the vehicle. He continued trying to get away from officers but finally stopped on I-80/35 under the 86th St. bridge in Urbandale, just before going over stop sticks that had been placed by law enforcement officials.

Sgt. Ludwig says Tourtillott refused to leave the vehicle and was not responding to the six officers ordering him to get out of the truck — so they used a baton to break out the window of the cab and tased him a few times. Tourtillott was transported to Broadlawns to be checked out.

Once he was medically released, Tourtillot was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of eluding and several traffic violations in addition to the commercial motor vehicle violation he already faces.

Sgt. Ludwig says another man, who was driving a red Ford Mustang, was arrested Thursday morning for trying to get around the chase. He says the driver was impatient because of the slowed traffic and made the situation more unsafe for everyone on the road.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • CMV:

    Commercial Motor Vehicle

    A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

    • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
    • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
    • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
    • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
    • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

    DWI:

    Driving While Intoxicated

Turtle's Comment
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But the dude in the Mustang, trying to pass the chase!!

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"I ain't got time for this mess, I got to go!"

Seriously, mustang guy probably thought it was just a police escort.

Banks's Comment
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I knew there was a red mustang. Even when you said it was a truck driver, I knew there was a red mustang.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Talk about making a ant hill into a mountain.

The good news is he will never "legally" drive a truck again.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Copy and pasted from county booking website.

ELUDING (SRMS) ELUDING (SRMS), INTERFERENCE W/OFFICIAL ACTS No injury or damage, FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SAFETY REGULATIONS RULES, FAIL TO COMPLY W/ ORDER OF PEACE OFFICER, HOURS OF SERVICE VIOLATON, IMPROPER USE OF MEDIAN, CURB, OR ACCESS FACILITY Violate Rul

Jeez, went over your hours so ya lead em on a chase. How much do HOS violations usually cost? Are they only able to cite you for violations within the last 7/8 days or can they look back months and cite you if they do an audit?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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That idiot will probably be all over the net, blaming his dispatcher , his former company, the evil cops, the State of Iowa, etc.

Obviously, a non-thinker from the Left Coast.

Wild times in Iowa. Can hardly believe he didn't outrun the police during that high speed chase!rofl-3.gif

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Speeds ALMOST got up to the speed limit on the interstate. Hilarious.

I wonder what his trip planning skills are like.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

PackRat's Comment
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Speeds ALMOST got up to the speed limit on the interstate. Hilarious.

I wonder what his trip planning skills are like.

Only trips he'll be making for awhile are going to be from the lockup to the courthouse.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Rick S.'s Comment
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Jeez, went over your hours so ya lead em on a chase. How much do HOS violations usually cost? Are they only able to cite you for violations within the last 7/8 days or can they look back months and cite you if they do an audit?

Interesting list of charges - though the article (and the timeline) were kinda vague.

Your qualcomm (or other logging device) will give current + previous 7 days (give or take an extra day). If you email them your logs (which frequently happens at weigh station inspections) they only go 8 days. Highly unlikely a trooper on roadside, or even a weigh station is going to do a monthslong audit. So if you get an HOS violation, it is for that week.

So if he got pulled and put OOS for HOS - he wouldn't have been able to (legally) move the vehicle - though some (most if not all) LEO's will follow you to a "safe haven" and then put you OOS. Moving a CMV while under HOS OOS is a serious offense - though I don't see that in the list of charges.

PLUS - he got the lovely experience of getting himself hit multiple times with the TASER. NOT FUN.

I don't get the level of ABJECT STUPIDITY displayed by some people. And of course the rest of us get lumped in with a-holes like this, who are obviously THE EXCEPTION rather than the rule, of the 1,000's of law abiding drivers on the road...

Rick

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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