Trucker Blocks Highway, Demands Obama

By Michael Gehlken
|  Thursday, Mar 3, 2011  |  Updated 9:36 PM PDT
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A truck driver babbled that he wanted to talk to President Barack Obama, California High Patrol reported, after he blocked all Mission Valley lanes on southbound Interstate 805 near downtown San Diego at about 7:30 a.m. on Mar. 3, 2011.

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Trucker Blocks Highway, Demands Obama

A big rig driver intentionally blockaded a major San Diego freeway Thursday morning, lied in the center divider, and then demanded to authorities that he speak with President Barack Obama, California Highway Patrol reported.

Trucker Babbled About Obama: CHP

The driver babbled about wanting to speak with President Barack Obama.
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A big rig driver intentionally blockaded a major San Diego freeway Thursday morning, lied in the center divider, and then demanded to authorities that he speak with President Barack Obama, California Highway Patrol reported.

Carlos Daniel Minaya, 41 of Robinsville, N.J., blocked all Kearny Mesa lanes on southbound Interstate 805 south of Balboa Ave. — less than 10 miles northwest of downtown — at 7:35 a.m.

Manaya, dressed in a flannel shirt, was soon detained without resistance. No charges have yet been filed, and Minaya was taken to County Mental Health for evaulation.

"He was not combative," said CHP spokesperson Art Athans, "but he was very demanding and asked to talk to President Obama."

The truck, which was hauling frozen food and is registered to America's Prestige in New Jersey, passed a precautionary bomb search by police dogs.

CHP official Tommy Cocroft called the incident "quite unusual."

"He didn't appear to be injured, but does appear to be unstable mentally," Cocroft said. "He was babbling about wanting to talk to President Obama, so obviously there was some mental instability there."

By 8 a.m., a citizen stuck in traffic with a Class A license had moved the big rig to the right shoulder, and all lanes were cleared.

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