The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it has declared a commercially licensed truck driver from Connecticut to be an “imminent hazard to public safety” and ordered him to immediately cease driving any commercial vehicles.
The FMCSA said it issued the order to Allen R. Johnson, Sr., on Nov. 8, less than a week after he was involved in a single-vehicle crash.
According to the agency, Mr. Johnson, who holds a Connecticut commercial driver’s license, was traveling along Interstate 89 in Vermont on Nov. 2 when he lost control of his tractor-trailer and flipped. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Vermont State Police responding to the crash conducted a field sobriety test on Mr. Johnson that detected he had been drinking alcohol and driving under the influence.
Mr. Johnson told the police investigators that he set the cruise control to hold the vehicle at a constant 63 miles-per-hour. He then stood up to change his pants and lost control of the vehicle in the process.
“Johnson was standing up vertically between the two front cab seats while his truck was in motion,” State Police said in a statement after the crash.
The FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order states that Mr. Johnson’s “…continued operation of a commercial motor vehicle substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to [himself] and to the motoring public if not discontinued immediately.”
Should Mr. Johnson violate the order, the U.S. Attorney’s Office may seek to impose fines and punitive damages on him. Civil penalties of up to $3,100 may be assessed for each violation of operating a commercial motor vehicle in violation of the order. Knowingly and willfully violating the federal order may also result in criminal penalties.