Trucker clings to back of stolen truck as Ga. police chase it

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) - A trucker clung to the back of his trailerless semi Tuesday while a man police say commandeered the vehicle led police on a 50-mile chase down an interstate in Georgia.

The semi eventually slowed enough for the trucker to leap off near the end of the chase.

Authorities say that when 27-year-old Milo Banks stopped the semi, armed officers surrounded the truck's cab, breaking through the windows before wrestling Banks to the ground.

Police say the events began after 32-year-old trucker Torrey Lang of Lithonia walked away from the truck in a parking lot, then hurried back after spotting Banks climbing in.

TV helicopter footage showed Lang jumping off the back of the truck and falling in the middle of the interstate as the vehicle slowed down in Monroe County.

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