MODESTO, Calif. (KOVR) -- California Highway Patrol officers arrested Gabriel Moreno after he allegedly jumped on a moving tanker truck carrying bulk red wine, climbed under its belly to unscrew a valve, and drank the wine as the truck traveled up Highway 99 on May 5.
Video of the wild ride was recorded on the Cherokee Freight Lines tanker truck Moreno allegedly targeted.
The dashcam video first shows Moreno in a sedan, putting his hazard lights on, directing the truck to the side of the highway. The truck driver pulls over, believing he may have a mechanical problem, only to see Moreno get out with only his underwear on. The camera shows Moreno running to the passenger side of the truck and out of view. The truck driver pulls back on the freeway.
That’s when the driver noticed a dashboard gauge showing he was losing fluids — hundreds of gallons of wine. So he called the CHP.
The truck driver allegedly found Moreno had unscrewed a valve underneath the truck as it was traveling north on Highway 99. That sent the tanker’s wine gushing, and Moreno gulping as much as he could.
The trucking company says they lost about 1,000 gallons of red wine, enough to fill about 5,000 bottles.