Trucker named Highway Angel for third time after helping detain drunk driver

Christopher LemaireChristopher Lemaire

Revere Transportation driver Christopher Lemaire, of Erath, Louisiana, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for the third time after helping detain a drunk driver involved in a hit-and-run crash.

Lemaire, a former police officer, was driving along I-76 near Philadelphia on May 2 when a car came up from behind at a high speed, passed him and lost control. The driver hit an embankment on the right side of the road, went airborne over the hood of Lemaire’s cab and crashed against the concrete barrier on the other side of the road.

Lemaire parked his truck, positioning his trailer to block two lanes of traffic, then ran to check on the driver. The car was badly damaged, but the driver was trying to leave the scene. Lemaire told him to take his foot off the gas, but the man was belligerent and had alcohol on his breath, according to Lemaire.

The man then got out of the car and attempted to get into another car that was slowly moving past the scene. Lemaire was able to grab the man and moved him to the concrete barrier, where he forcibly detained him until police arrived. Police told Lemaire the man had hit two other vehicles a couple miles back and fled the scene.

For his willingness to help, TCA presented Lemaire with a certificate, patch, lapel pin and truck decals. Revere Transportation also received a certificate acknowledging their driver as a Highway Angel. EpicVue sponsors the TCA Highway Angel program.

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