Truck drivers held after driving stolen big rig into front of business
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

June 21, 2004 -- Two USA Truck drivers spent Sunday night in Hopkins County jail on felony charges after crashing a $50,000 International truck-tractor into a Shannon Road business. The Ohio men were charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief.

Local authorities first became aware of the pair at about 11:40 p.m., when Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Herrmann spotted them in front of the Terminix building in the 1200 block of East Shannon Road, where they were standing beside a truck that had rammed through the front of the business.

Sulphur Springs Police had received reports around 11:30 p.m. Sunday from witnesses, who saw two men steal the the 1999 model $50,000 International truck-tractor, belonging to U.S. Food Service, from the 1400 block of East Shannon Road.

One witness attempted to block the drive at the parking lot to keep the pair from leaving after noticing them acting suspiciously, but they drove around him. The other witness said the pair, who appeared intoxicated, left headed west in the truck after attempting get a ride from another truck driver.

Police were alerted and began attempting to look for the stolen truck. Herrmann soon reported spotting the pair standing beside the truck, which had been driven into the front of the Terminix building.

Police officers Kenny Stillwagoner and Jason Walton arrested Mark Jason Bishop, 24, of Mentor, Ohio, and Christopher John Robert Milford, 25, also of Ohio, at 11:40 p.m. Sunday with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief, both felony charges, after witnesses identified them as the suspects that left westbound on East Shannon in the truck.

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