Here's a pro tip: if you happen to have stolen a semi truck and proceeded to crash it into a number of cars on an interstate, do yourself a favor and don't blame the escapade on zombies. That's exactly what 19-year-old Jerimiah Hartline did after he bounced his pilfered a big rig off of a number of vehicles in Temecula, CA. Hartline told the police he was attempting to flee from zombies when the accident happened, but that didn't stop law enforcement from charging him with a rash of offenses, including auto theft, attempted auto theft, reckless driving, hit-and-run resulting in injury and driving without a license among others.
California Highway Patrol said truck driver Daniel Martinez picked Hartline up in Tennessee as he was headed to San Diego. But when Martinez stopped to make adjustments to his truck just off of I-15, Hartline jumped behind the wheel and took off after having visions of zombies "coming after him."

There is some suspicion Hartline was under the influence of a controlled substance.

The young man then proceeded to swerve the truck from side to side in an attempt to elude his imagined pursuers. After around two miles, Hartline struck and overturned a Toyota Tacoma, which then bounced into a Toyota 4Runner and a Mercedes-Benz. Hartline then struck a Ford Taurus and a Honda Accord before jackknifing and blocking all four lanes of traffic. Hartline has since pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      He looks sooo unbelievably high in that picture
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, he *might* be on drugs...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now there's a trustworthy face if I ever saw one! As a side note, I guess this is the last time the truck driver will ever stop to help a fellow human being, ever.
      Cheri Keane
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do you people really think WEED does this to people?? I haven't smoked weed in many years (of course) but unless there have been some major changes in the weed category, I would go with crystal meth for the win. DING,DING,DING! Bath salts are running a close second, although from what I've read with bath salts you BECOME the zombie, not get chased by them. Just saying ;)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Must have been high on bath salts or something
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds legit.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Zombies do prefer uni-brows...he could be telling the truth.
      • 2 Years Ago
      He stole the truck and was driving like a crazy poerson, to call this an "accident" is insulting to the victims he left in his wake.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ban zombies not guns.
      • 2 Years Ago
      LSD in one hell of a drug
        • 2 Years Ago
        Do you have a reason for suspecting LSD, or do you just have a chip on your shoulder? Pretty sure that LSD doesn't cause your face to break out in black scabs/hives, like meth is known to.
          • 2 Years Ago
          It's a joke. Shame you didn't get it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If there wasn't a witch hunt against Marijuana in the US, all these dangerous designer drugs that can be made anywhere and from anything wouldn't have been created. In actuality, alcohol is so much more dangerous than Marijuana. There has never been a case of death from an overdose of Marijuana. How many people does alcohol kill everyday?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dont see any indication of drugs. Undiagnosed bi-polar disorder? Goes with kleptomania and paranoia. Also, I\'m amused and somehow my heart is warmed by AB\'s careful identification of every vehicle he hit by make, model, or both.
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