Athens man takes Mayfield truck on joyride

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A man is charged with stealing a Mayfield delivery truck while one of the employees was still inside.

Justin Coleman, 34, is charged with auto theft, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, assault on an officer and leaving the scene of an accident. Athens police said he admitted to drinking 18 beers.

The Mayfield employee told police that he was loading milk inside the trailer in the parking lot at Mayfield, when Coleman stole the truck. The employee said it was a bumpy ride as the truck, weaved in and out of traffic. The truck hit a police car that was trying to stop it, then finally jack-knifed according to officers.

A $14,000 bond was set for Coleman.


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