Scott LeVan was in the right place at the right time on Wednesday when, he says, parked at a rest area on I-77 in Ohio, his dashcam happened to capture views of criminals involved in a carjacking at the area — which all later led to an arrest in the case. “Two armed men took a couple’s car by gunpoint,” he says, “and I got them on my dashcam.”
He didn’t see the incident up close and in person, but when police knocked on his truck’s door Wednesday late afternoon and asked how long he’d been there, the officer’s “jaw dropped,” LeVan says, when he handed over his SD card with footage of the fleeing criminals. “The car thief looked right at my camera 10 feet away from my truck,” LeVan says.
The first arrest happened later that night in Cleveland. Catch part of LeVan’s vid from the Bath Township rest area South of Cleveland via the news report at this link. You’ll also hear LeVan, chiming in with this message: “That’s what we’re out here for. That’s our duty as truck drivers: To keep the public safe, as well as deliver the goods.”
Good on you, Scott. Stay safe out there this weekend, drivers.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.
The new “health-based requirements” will need to be met before a driver is allowed to register his or her truck through the Department of Motor Vehicles, CARB says. For older vehicles, CARB says they must be either replaced with a 2011 or newer vehicle or repowered with a 2010 or newer engine.