Trucker, Too Drunk To Drive, Tells Boss He's Being Held Hostage, Police Say

drunk truck driver says he was taken hostage

Two days ago, Thomas James Conner and a friend allegedly got so drunk that neither couldn't drive. So instead of calling in sick, as perhaps others would do, Conner, a Washington state trucker, came up with a whopper of a story: He told his bosses that he and his truckload of berries had been taken hostage.

According to police, the 33-year-old commercial truck driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, unlawful possession of an open container and filing a false police report and jailed, OregonLive.com reports.

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The incident began Wednesday afternoon when trucking company Conner worked for told police that one of its drivers had sent a text message saying the driver was being held hostage by two armed men, according to Oregon State Police.

State troopers responded to the call by first calling the driver. But they couldn't make sense of his story and so began looking for the driver and his truck along Interstate 5.

Police soon found Conner and another man, an unauthorized passenger, walking about a quarter mile away from the truck. Both were too drunk to drive, police said, so they made up the story about Conner being taken hostage.

The passenger wasn't arrested or cited, police said.




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Brian Workman

This is a David Schepp in depth investigative story!? Don't leave your evening BBC Job just yet! So we have a drunk, being and acting, a drunk!? Boring story!!

June 15 2012 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
newbaku

"Two days ago, Thomas James Conner and a friend allegedly got so drunk that neither couldn't drive." Oh yeah? Neither couldn't drive...so, you're saying they both COULD drive? Nice job. Great writing.

June 15 2012 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cshell9791

I feel like I'm being held hostage to all of these stupid supposed news stories. Yeah, I know, don't read them then, but most of them have captions sounding like you're going to read something interesting or important, but ends up to be nothing but dirty laundry.

June 15 2012 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug

How can so many people be out of work, yet this idiot had a job?

June 15 2012 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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leadfoot494

hey the idiot you are refering to wasn`t the cause of the wreck the drunk driver was if not for the quick thinking of the tanker driver things could have been much worse einstien

June 15 2012 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crazydanone

driving under the influence a quarter mile away?how do they for sure

June 15 2012 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HELLRAISER

"arrested and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, unlawful possession of an open container"

Driving under the influence will be dropped. At best public intoxicated.
"Police soon found Conner and another man, an unauthorized passenger, walking about a quarter mile away from the truck."

"filing a false police report"
He didn't file any report. Maybe his boss did (without knowing)

June 15 2012 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tcdesalvo

I am still interested in the proof reader position at AOL. Rather obvious either your currently assigned staff is either too busy to do their job, or, English is not their first language.

June 15 2012 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gttdux

Has his CDL been pulled while they are busy giving out all the details .....??

June 15 2012 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fmlytracer

That's about as bizzare as a former employee who told a tall tale that got him fired. He had a "Brother" call to say he had been in a car wreck and taken unconscious to an area hospital. Calls to 3 area hospitals and area sheriff, police departments and state police verified no accidents had occurred and no one of that name had been admitted. When asked for a doctors release and an accident report, he stated he had lost the doctor's release and he submitted a forged Emergency Response report from the volunteer fire department as proof of the accident. For some reason he thought I wouldn't recognize his hand writing. Not only did he get fired from his job, he got kicked off the volunteer fire department force and charges filed for forgery and falsification of an official document that he said was a practice sheet I stole off his desk (he didn't have a desk and it was a photocopy). He also got kicked out of his welfare to work program. All because he was too drunk to work.

June 15 2012 at 2:18 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
ctslair

Neither couldn't drive, huh? Sounds like the writer of this story has had a few too many, too.

June 15 2012 at 2:15 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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