A mundane local news story turned potentially lethal after the reporter phoned the police to report a driver slumped over in his seat in the middle of a highway.
Liz Artz of Atlanta's Channel 2 Action News spotted a stalled Dodge pickup on the Buford Connector Saturday afternoon and called 911 to report that a man inside the vehicle was hunched over an drooling.
A Highway Emergency Response Operator who was dispatched to investigate succeeded in reviving the man, but a scuffle quickly ensued and the driver sped off before the HERO worker was able to retrieve his keys.
The Dodge then rammed into several vehicles, resulting in a five-car pileup. Luckily, no one was seriously injured.
Just before police finally arrived on the scene the man scrambled out of his car and ran across the highway and up a tree, which he used as leverage to scale a barbed wire fence and flee.
According to the HERO worker who confronted the man, he did not smell of alcohol, but "did, however, remind him of a diabetic."