Teen steals big-rig of strawberries, hits several cars, blames zombies

He injured several people in the process, and told police he was being chased by zombies

By Sarah Burge
The Press Enterprise

TEMECULA, Calif. — A man who claimed he was being chased by zombies after crashing a stolen semi, striking several vehicles, was charged Wednesday, April 10, with a half-dozen felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, court records say.

Jerimiah Hartline, 19, of Tennessee, pleaded not guilty to assault with a deadly weapon — a semi truck — reckless driving, hit-and-run, vehicle theft and other charges. He is being held with bail set at $500,000. The crash injured seven people and blocked Interstate 15 for hours in Temecula.

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