Tow truck driver gets his throat cut by man he had agreed to help

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Updated Aug 24, 2018

A Tennessee tow truck driver who agreed to give a customer a ride had his throat cut and his truck stolen by the man that had been ticketed a short time before.

David Brooks survived the attack and says he’ll no longer be giving rides to anyone. Brooks was assaulted Saturday in Sevierville not long after picking up a Mercedes that had been driven by 33-year-old Grayson Woodside of Sherrills Ford, N.C.

Deputies in Jefferson County had just cited Woodside for driving the car off the road and at Woodside’s request had called for a tow truck. Brooks arrived and after loading up the Mercedes he agreed to give Woodside a ride to a truck stop, according to

Deputies followed Brooks and watched as the Supreme Towing driver exited his truck holding his neck at an intersection.

“We come up to a stop sign and I turned to the left to look and when I come back around he come across the seat and cut my throat,” Brooks told

Woodside fled in Brooks’ Ram rollback tow truck with deputies following behind. The chase ended a short time later on Highway 25/70 where Woodside crossed the median and crashed head-on into another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

After exiting the truck, Woodside attempted to cut his own throat. He was arrested, taken to a local hospital and written up on several charges including assault, felony evading and driving with a suspended license.