DOWNER, Minn. — The driver of a semi was arrested Monday, Aug. 19, after authorities received text messages from a woman in the truck traveling on Interstate 94 who needed help.
Emergency dispatchers in Otter Tail County began receiving messages from the woman at 10:23 a.m. indicating she was a passenger in the semi and that she'd been sexually assaulted, according to a report from the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
The woman texted authorities as the semi was headed west on I-94, and she provided a description of the semi.
Otter Tail County sheriff's deputies and Minnesota troopers found a semi that matched the description traveling on I-94 near Downer, about 20 miles southeast of Moorhead. They pulled the driver over without incident, the report said.
Police found the woman inside the semi and took her to a nearby hospital, the report said.
The driver, whose identity was not released, was taken into custody, although there was no word as of Tuesday afternoon whether he had been charged.
Authorities believe the alleged assault took place in Stearns County, Minn., so the investigation is being transferred to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office.