Truck driver arrested after he allegedly 'snapped' and ran vehicles off the road

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A semi-truck driver has been arrested after authorities say he "snapped" and began running other drivers off the road.

According to a news release from the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office, it happened at about 6:30 Friday morning, when Bullitt Central Dispatch began receiving phone calls about a semi-truck hauling landscaping timbers that was "driving erratically" and running vehicles off the road in the northbound lanes of I-65, near exit 112.

Authorities say the driver of the truck was 50-year-old Danny Gonzalez, of Harlingen, Texas.

Gonzalez hit a truck, causing it to crash into a cable barrier, then got off at the Brooks exit (Exit 121) before going west on Brooks Hill Road, according to the news release.

At this point, Gonzalez allegedly ran a white Cadillac off the roadway, then intentionally rammed the Cadillac in the rear of the vehicle, "causing significant damage."

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office says Gonzalez then drove northbound on Knob Creek Road and into Jefferson County. When he reached the intersection of Top Hill Road and Goff Lane, he allegedly ran over street signs and a stop sign, before his truck became stuck in a field.

"A Bullitt County Deputy pulled up and ordered Gonzalez out of the truck," the news release states. "He initially did not comply. Eventually, the Deputy was able to take him into custody. Gonzalez stated he just 'snapped' and was tired of people messing with truck drivers. He also made statements that he was told he had to continue to work and he did not want to."

Gonzalez was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident. He was then taken to the Bullitt County Detention Center, where he is currently incarcerated. 

"Louisville Metro Animal Services has begun an animal cruelty case related to a puppy that was found inside the semi," the news release states.

LMAS says the 8-week-old puppy is possibly a Shepherd mix. LMAS says the dog is alive, but not doing well. 

Two school buses carrying Bullitt Central High School students also encountered the same truck.

Those buses had to get to the extreme edge of the road to avoid the truck. Bullitt County Public Schools is commending those bus drivers for their driving skills that kept students safe.

Louisville Metro Police assisted the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office at the scene.

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