DOWNTOWN — Viral videos show a man dancing on the back of a semi as it barrels along the Dan Ryan Expy. — and he can’t wait to do it again.
Santana Doe, 23, of Englewood, said he hitched a ride on the semi for 90 minutes Tuesday night for the excitement. Videos of the incident — some shot by drivers who spotted Doe and another shot by Doe himself on Facebook Live — have been watched thousands of times.
The videos show Doe hanging off the semi, leaning down to run his hand over the road as the semi speeds along and even dancing and saluting for the cameras.
“I did it just for the adrenaline,” Doe said. “I do a lot of stuff.”
Doe said he got onto the semi at about 10 p.m. near 79th Street and held onto it until 11:30 p.m., when he got off near Milwaukee and Ogden avenues. He rode on top of and clung to the back of the semi at different points along the ride, hoping to avoid detection for as long as possible.
Doe did fear for his safety at points along the ride: He was hanging on the top of the semi at first but had to climb onto the side when the driver went under a viaduct.
“It was crazy. I ain’t gonna lie to you: It was really crazy,” Doe said, laughing. “Outrageous. I was real-life scared for my life. I can’t lie to you.
“But, y’know, I had to push through.”
Doe tried to to hop onto somebody’s car to get away but the drivers wouldn’t let him, he said.
So he decided to hang on and stay until the drive ended. He hoped the semi would go to another state, but eventually another driver pulled ahead of the semi to get the driver to stop.
That’s when Doe took his cue to hop off and scurry into the bushes. He rode home on the Blue Line.
Doe said he didn’t expect the videos to get the attention they have, though he’s pulled similar stunts in the past: He’s ridden on the top and back of a train, on top of a bus and climbs buildings.
“I only did it for the fun of it,” he said. “I didn’t even expect to be riding on the back that long.”
Doe said he’s not worried about getting in trouble with police for his most recent stunt, though he has heard from them before.
“I’mma try it again. Just to see where I go, y’know?” he said. “See how long I can hang on. See where that road take me.”
A video sent to CWB shows the ride:
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