Man clings to back of truck as Ga. police chase it

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 3:57 PM
Last updated 6:15 PM
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FORSYTH, Ga. - Police said they arrested a man who stole a trailerless semi Tuesday and led them on a 50-mile chase down a Georgia interstate with the semi's owner clinging to the back.

A state trooper was shot in the arm during the incident, but authorities do not think the carjacking suspect fired at the officer. It was not immediately clear where the gunshot came from.

Capt. Jason Bolton with the Henry County police department said authorities believe the suspect carjacked the truck in Union City just south of Atlanta. Bolton said county authorities helped chase the truck as it barreled down Interstate 75 with the truck's owner sitting on the back.

TV helicopter footage showed the owner jumping off the back of the truck and into the middle of the interstate as it slowed down in Monroe County. When the truck stopped, armed officers surrounded it and broke through the windows before pulling the driver out and wrestling him to the ground.

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