A Ballwin man caught on tape for shooting at cars on Interstate 44 is behind bars.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 59-year-old Sepid Majid Salem told a passenger in his car Sunday that he “had an urge” before he stopped and fired four or five shots on Interstate 44 in Pulaski County near Devil’s Elbow.
A Springfield TV station reports no one was injured but one of the shots went through a sleeper berth in a semi-trailer truck.
Salem is charged with first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and property damage.
A witness notified authorities, who arrested Salem in Rolla. Authorities found the semi at a rest area near Doolittle. The truck had a camera and recorded the shooting.
Crews had to closed eastbound I-44 at Vandeventer just before midnight while emergency crews worked to contain it. The right two lanes reopened about 12:30 a.m. but the left lane remained closed.
It's not clear what sparked the fire, but the tractor and trailer appear to be total losses. Both have burned down to their metal frames.
There's no word of any injuries.
All lanes have now reopened along westbound I-44 just past the Allenton/Six Flags exit. The intestate had been closed completely earlier this morning.
Traffic should return to normal quickly.
There's also no word on any injuries or what may have caused the accident.