Truck driving erratically, dropping gear closes I-70

GARFIELD COUNTY - A truck that was driving erratically and appeared to be dropping parts of equipment on Interstate 70 Saturday evening prompted authorities to shut down the highway to clean up the scene and get the situation under control.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office says the vehicle was first reported traveling eastbound from Mesa County into Garfield County on Saturday evening. The white truck had a flatbed and welder on the back.

Deputies say parts were falling from the truck bed – prompting the Parachute Police Department to try and stop the truck at mile marker 75.

When the vehicle didn’t stop, Garfield County deputies used spike strips to try and stop the vehicle. It finally came to a halt around 10 miles later, with deflated rear tires.

Because deputies didn’t know why the driver was acting so erratically, crews shut down I-70 in both directions for a short period of time.

As for the driver, deputies say he was initially hesitant to leave the vehicle, but when he did he cooperated with authorities and was later arrested.

Investigators are trying to determine why he was driving so erratically.

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