A California man was arrested after he allegedly forced the driver of a tanker truck carrying red wine to pull over, climbed onboard and began drinking from the tank, as the truck continued down the highway.
The dash cam video from a Cherokee Freight Lines tanker truck hauling bulk red wine through Modesto, California, allegedly shows suspect 39-year-old Gabriel Moreno in a sedan, putting his hazard lights on and directing the truck to the side of the highway.
The truck pulled over believing Moreno may be experiencing a mechanical issue. Moreno, who is seen wearing only his underwear, then runs to the passenger side of the truck, out of view of the camera.
As the truck driver pulls back onto the highway, Moreno is seen sprinting after the truck. He then jumps onto the tanker before climbing underneath as it begins to speed up.
Police say Moreno unscrewed a valve that sent the wine flowing out of the tank. As it poured onto the highway, he allegedly began guzzling as much as he could.
The driver called California Highway Patrol after he released he was losing hundreds of gallons of red wine.
‘I’ve listened to the radio. I’ve listened to thousands and thousands of calls. This one’s up there in the top ten,’ Officer Tom Olsen, with the Modesto CHP, said to WMC 5.
‘This individual was able to release the wine from under the tanker, and he placed himself underneath the tanker in such a manner – the best way to describe this was somebody doing snow angels. ‘