Trucker Makes 3,000-Mile Trip On Coke, Meth, Acid Cocktail

By Keri Blakinger 04/03/17

The truck driver drove nonstop from Seattle to Massachusetts with the help of the multi-drug cocktail. 

Truck driver inside the cab of a truck.

It was a long, strange trip for one truck driver who is now facing a slew of charges after he copped to using meth, LSD and cocaine to stay awake on a cross-country trek, according to police in Massachusetts.

Just after noon last Tuesday, officers with Deerfield Police Department responded to a “despondent” truck driver in a Circle K parking lot. Employees had phoned for help after catching sight of the trucker behaving oddly outside the store. 

“He was running around the parking lot and was confrontational,” Officer Adam Sokoloski told The Recorder. Police later identified the man as Gary Robbins of Homer, Alaska.

The responding officers discovered Robbins had locked himself out of his rig after stopping for gas, just after unloading a truck-full of raspberry roots in the area. 

When police arrived, Robbins was trying to squeeze into the 18-wheeler through the space between the cab and the trailer. He’d also thrown his credit cards into the vehicle’s fuel tank. Once a sergeant started speaking with him, Robbins turned combative and appeared to be in an altered state of mind. 

Multiple agencies responded to the scene and, with the lights all shinin’ on him, the trucker admitted to using meth, LSD, and cocaine. (He did not specify whether reds or Vitamin C were also part of his cocktail.) 

“It appeared the driver didn’t rest, only used drugs, and he drove from Seattle, Washington to Deerfield, with a destination on the East Coast,” Deerfield police wrote on Facebook afterward. 

Officers struggled to get Robbins to go to the local hospital, after he initially refused. “He was clearly a danger to himself and others,” Sokoloski said.

After the arrest, police immediately revoked Robbins’ license, impounded the trailer and hauled it off for inspection by the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section. The long-haul driver has been summoned to appear in Greenfield District Court where he'll face charges for driving on drugs.

Presumably he now wants to sit down and patch his bones and get back truckin’ on—but that could be tricky, as he’s also facing a laundry list of motor vehicle violations.

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.