A road rage incident between two truckers led to a police chase across state lines. But the widely reported story that the trucker threatened police officers with a machete has now been debunked by the department that made the arrest.
It all started at a Pilot truck stop on I-10 in Alabama. Two truckers were reportedly arguing. One of them, 33-year-old Michael Mack, drove away from the incident. EMS personnel who happened to be nearby at the time reported that they saw Mack driving recklessly. They contacted the authorities and followed him.
Mack reportedly used his truck to swerve toward the ambulance whenever they got close. By the time police officers arrived, he had actually hit and damaged the ambulance.
Police officers pulled Mack over a short time later, but at some point during that initial stop, Mack took off. Officers then pursued him on I-10 Eastbound. During the chase he reportedly drove erratically and hit three other vehicles. After crossing over into Mississippi, he finally came to a stop near mile marker 61.
Once he had stopped, Mack got out of the truck briefly. Initial reports claimed that he threatened officers with a machete. One report from a Fox station for example claimed that Mack “got out of the truck with a machete in his hand and came at” authorities. NOTE: That report has since been updated.
Master Sgt. Chase Elkins of the Mississippi Highway Patrol said during a press conference that initial reports that Mack had “come at” officers with a machete had likely come the fact that deputies reported seeing a machete in Mack’s cab when they first pulled him over.
In fact, Mack got out of the truck briefly, but then almost immediately climbed back in his vehicle. So began a 5 hour standoff. It finally ended when police used non-lethal tear gas to get Mack out of the truck. He then surrendered to authorities.
Amazingly, no one was injured during the whole incident.
Mack is now facing multiple charges including one count of felony pursuit, two counts of second-degree attempted assault, three counts of criminal mischief, five counts of reckless endangerment, and one count each of DUI, exhibiting a weapon, and resisting arrest.