HARRIS – It might have been one of the strangest sights that Sullivan
County Sheriff’s deputies had seen in quite some time.
On the afternoon of Friday, September 4, Deputy Joseph Calvello spotted
an erratic driver, later identified as Douglas Furman, 33, of Glenwild,
driving an S-10 pickup truck on Big Woods Road in Harris. Hanging out
of the back of the six-foot bed was a 15-foot-long steel tank that was
dragging on the road. The front tires of the truck were almost off the
“The driver was apparently taking the tank to a scrap yard in Liberty,”
said Undersheriff Eric Chaboty. “This guy wasn’t stopping
After interviewing Furman, he was arrested and charged with driving while
ability impaired by drugs.
The investigation revealed he had used a come-along to load the steel
tank, and that it was completely off the ground when he started the
trip. After a short while, the bed of the pickup experienced metal fatigue
under the weight of the load and when the tailgate buckled, the tank
began dragging on the ground.
Furman was issued an appearance ticket for town court.
Deputies are looking into how Furman acquired the steel tank.