Three men were arrested in Brandywine, Md. yesterday after a seven-hour ordeal during which they allegedly hijacked a tractor-trailer in the District of Columbia and abducted its driver, Prince George's County police said.

Police said the incident began when three men, one armed with a handgun, approached Lyman Hairston, 65, of Washington, as he was delivering a tractor-trailer load of cigarettes to a store at 1200 4th St. NE at about 3 a.m. yesterday.

Hairston, who was not injured, told police that the men overpowered him as he was unloading his truck, and then bound his hands and taped his eyes and mouth.

Hairston then was forced into a car and driven "a long way," police said, " and over a bumpy bridge ending up in a barn or shack." The car was followed by one of the men driving his tractor-trailer, Hairston told police.

During the night, Hairston tried to escape but was recaptured, police said. At about 10 a.m. yesterday, the men drove him to Manning Road East in Accokeek and dumped him near the road. At 10:30 a.m., police said, they received a call that a man, bound and gagged was hopping down the road.

Before police arrived, Hairston was picked up by a motorist, who took him to a local store and called police.

Police found the cigarettes later yesterday in a barn at the Floral Park address. The truck was recovered in Oxon Hill.Police declined to release details of their investigation.

The suspects were identified as Larry Parker, 28, and Jerry Wyatt Robertson, 29, both of D.C., and Carlton Russell Johnson, 40, of Brandywine.