Runaway found riding catwalk of semitrailer near Seymour

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A 17-year-old runaway from Ohio was arrested Tuesday morning after a motor carrier inspector found him riding on the exterior catwalk of a truck north of Seymour.

Police believe the boy, reported as a runaway out of Shelby, Ohio, may have climbed aboard the semitrailer somewhere in Kentucky before daylight Tuesday, according to a report from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

Wheeles, the public information officer for the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles, said the teen was discovered when Motor Carrier Inspector Michael Buckley saw him on the northbound truck at about 9 a.m.

Buckley, who was operating the newly opened scale house about a mile north of Seymour, had the semitrailer driver stop there. The scale house operations include remote cameras, including one along the northbound lanes of the interstate, south of the U.S. 50 exit at Seymour.

The juvenile initially tried to hide from troopers called to the scene to assist by Buckley, but Trooper Seth Davidson was able to take him into custody.

After being identifying by Davidson, the youth was taken to the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center in Brownstown. He is scheduled to be transferred back to Shelby, which is located in the Mansfield area in northern Ohio.

Wheeles said the truck driver was not aware of the youth riding on his truck and will not face any criminal charges.