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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Infamous “Trucker Spy” Guilty of Attempted Murder

cdllife.com
Story thanks to thetruckersreport.com, link provided below:
6/7/13  Even if you’ve never heard of Joseph Volpe, you've probably heard of people like him. Volpe was known as the “Trucker Spy” and would drive around the nation’s highways with video cameras hoping to find truck drivers with unsafe driving habits. His “company,” Third Eye Highway Safety, would then send a copy of the video to the driver’s trucking company who would pay him for exclusive rights to keep the video from being released to the public. Essentially, it amounts to good old fashioned blackmail. Living in a legal gray area for years, he took his unsavory activities quite a bit further, jumping all the way to attempted murder.
A court has found Volpe guilty of second-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. The incident occurred when, as usual, Volpe was driving on the highway looking for an easy mark. What he found instead was the truck of Bruce Johnston, a veteran owner operator.
Johnston had been forced from the middle lane of a three-lane interstate into the restricted left lane in order to avoid causing an accident. This placed him directly behind Volpe who began brake-checking, bringing his speed all the way down to 30 miles per hour. Volpe was becoming angrier and angrier until Johnston was able to get out of the left lane and back up to normal speeds. At this point, Volpe claimed that Johnston tried to run him off the road, but there is no evidence of anything like that happening.
What did happen is that Volpe pulled his car up to Johnston’s rig and fired a single round from his 9mm at Johnston through the back of the sleeper cab. The bullet passed through Johnston’s seat, missing his head by mere inches, and lodged in the driver’s side door.
Johnston was uninjured in the incident.
Three guilty verdicts were handed down to Volpe late in May and sentencing is scheduled for later this month.


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