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Teen 18-wheeler thief tells police he was running from zombies

• Stephen C. Webster via The

A 19-year-old man who allegedly stole and then crashed an 18-wheeler in California on Sunday told police he was being chased by “zombies,” according to published reports.

The wreck that resulted injured seven people, police told The Associated Press. It’s not clear why Tennessee resident Jerimiah Hartline allegedly stole the truck, which was swiped from a nearby weigh station on Interstate 15.

As the teen allegedly sped north on I-15, he swiped several vehicles, which a police spokesperson later said was indicative of his visions of zombies “clinging to the truck,” which he was trying to shake off.

Once the truck was overturned, blocking the whole highway, Hartline allegedly jumped out and ran to a nearby minivan, demanding a ride from the driver. The Press-Enterprise reported that instead of ferrying him away from the scene, the driver and bystanders put the teen under citizens’ arrest and kept him there until police arrived.

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