Man put behind bars for allegedly stealing a tractor-trailer involved in a five-vehicle crash that seriously injured two people

TEMECULA – A Tennessee man was behind bars today on suspicion of stealing a tractor-trailer involved a five-vehicle crash that seriously injured two people over the weekend.

Jerimiah Hartline, 19, was arrested later on the day of the crash, which was reported about 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Winchester Road and northbound Interstate 15, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to the CHP:

Hartline was driving in an ”erratic manner” and merged into a Toyota Tacoma in the next lane. The Tacoma then ran into a Toyota 4Runner and a Mercedes-Benz and overturned.

The northbound big rig struck a Ford Taurus and a Honda Accord, rolled onto a side and skidded to a stop.

The Taurus struck the median and the Honda stopped on the right shoulder.

Witnesses said one of the big rig’s two occupants got out of the truck and into a white van and left. Hartline was taken to a hospital to be checked out, then arrested when CHP officers learned the truck was reported stolen from the Rainbow Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility on I-15 shortly before the crash.

Two people in the Tacoma, Kyle Schlosser of San Jacinto and Sarah Small of Hemet, were the most seriously injured. They were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

Hartline was booked at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of taking a vehile without the owner’s consent and receiving stolen property. He was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail, according to jail records.

One Response to "Man put behind bars for allegedly stealing a tractor-trailer involved in a five-vehicle crash that seriously injured two people"

  1. Reality Checker   April 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Hope the CHP was smart enough to get a blood draw on this fool. It’s a 23153 felony DUI charge added to it if it comes back dirty. Plus, what on earth was the owner/operator doing picking up strange riders, and then leaving them alone in the cab with the keys in it? Who is stupid enough to do that? Would you pick up a stranger, then stop for some reason, hop out and leave them in the car with the keys in the ignition? Seriously? There might be some culpability on the rigs driver and trucking company for the damage and injuries that resulted from this incident in my opinion. Just my opinion though…..

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