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A wild ride from Seattle ends in Deerfield arrest

  • A truck driver was arrested Tuesday on charges of driving under the influence of drugs. His impounded truck is shown here. Contributed photo



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Police arrested a truck driver who they say had driven without rest from Washington state to the Greenfield Road Circle K parking lot while using crystal methamphetamine, LSD and cocaine.

Officers were called Tuesday afternoon after a “Circle K Employee noticed something was up, that wasn’t normal. He was running around the parking lot and was confrontational,” Deerfield Police officer Adam Sokoloski said Wednesday.

Gary Robbins, a resident of Homer, Alaska, was charged Tuesday with driving on drugs and “a laundry list” of motor vehicle violations leveled by the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement agency, Sokoloski continued.

Robbins also threw his credit cards into the truck’s fuel tank, ”locked himself out of the truck, and was trying to climb into the cab” through the space between the cab and trailer, Sokoloski said, noting Robbins did not own the truck.

Sokoloski said Robbins was fueling up after delivering raspberry roots to the area.

At the scene, Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock III “began speaking with (Robbins) and the driver was clearly acting combative and showing signs of drug use,” including dilated pupils, Deerfield Police posted on its Facebook page.

“He was clearly a danger to himself and others,” Sokoloski said.

“It appeared the driver didn’t rest, only used drugs, and he drove from Seattle, Wash., to Deerfield, with a destination on the East Coast,” the police posted on social media.

Later, police say, Robbins admitted to using drugs but refused to go to the hospital. “Officers had quite the struggle to get this truck driver to the Baystate Franklin Medical Center.”

Immediately, police and the Registry of Motor Vehicles revoked Robbins’ license, and “the trailer truck was impounded and brought to the Whately truck stop for a full inspection by the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section.”

Robbins has been summoned to appear in Greenfield District Court.

Sokoloski praised the actions of the Circle K staff, and said, “if you see someone acting strangely, feel free to give the local police department a call.”