Tennessee court sets date for trucker spy

Jill Dunn | December 16, 2010

A man hired by carriers to report unsafe truckers faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in a Tennessee court Feb. 17.

Joseph John Volpe, 44, of Chickamauga, Ga., was booked June 30 into Hamilton County Jail on the assault and endangerment charges. A county grand jury indicted him on the two charges Nov. 17 and added and indicted him on the third charge, according to county records.

Volpe’s attorney Sam Robinson said Volpe was videotaping trucker Joseph Johnston on Interstate 24 on June 30. Johnston tried to run Volpe off the road, according to a Dec. 10 WTVC-TV News Channel 9 story.

The arrest affidavit does not describe Johnston’s actions, but states Volpe fired a gun at Johnston’s truck, the station reported.

The Georgia Secretary of State does not have a listing for Volpe’s business, Third Eye Highway Safety, or have Volpe listed as an officer in that company.