- But it’s not what you think.
If you like wine, you will love this story. Even if you don’t, there is nothing like a Monday morning booze story, am I right?
This guy didn’t hijack the truck but yet climbed aboard to get a sip himself. Gabriel Moreno jumped onto a moving tanker truck carrying bulk red wine, then under its belly to unscrew a valve, and drank the wine as the truck traveled up Highway 99.
Moreno was caught on video during the stunt on the Cherokee Freight Lines tanker truck. The video starts by showing Moreno in a sedan, putting his hazard lights on , and directing the truck to the side of the highway.
Then the trucker pulls over, thinking that he may have a mechanical issue and that’s why he was flagged down. The video shows Moreno in only his underwear running to the passenger side and out of view of the wine truck.
From this point the trucker, believing nothing was wrong, pulled back onto the freeway with Moreno in tow. Without a shirt or shoes, he rides on the side of the tanker. The video shows him climb underneath the truck as it hits freeway speeds.
One the freeway, the trucker quickly realizes he’s losing fluids, mainly, hundreds of gallons of wine. The trucker then called CHP.
“I’ve listened to thousands and thousands of calls,” Modesto CHP officer Tom Olsen said. “This one’s up there in the top 10.”
The trucker reports finding Moreno in an unusual position. To get to the wine, Moreno unscrewed a valve under the truck, as the truck traveled north down Highway 99.
Without the valve in place, wine was gushing from the tanker truck as Moreno gulped down all he could.
“This individual was able to release the wine from under the tanker, and he placed himself underneath the tanker in such a manner, the best way to describe this was somebody doing like snow angels,” Officer Olsen said.
The red wine heist of May 2020 understandably was arrested. “This individual got exactly what they were looking for immediately,” Officer Olsen said.
The trucking company reports losing about 1,000 gallons of product, with most of it lost to Highway 99. The 1,000 of red wine that was lost was enough to fill about 5,000 bottles of wine.