A commercially licensed truck driver from Tennessee has been barred from operating any commercial vehicle after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) deemed him to be “an imminent hazard to public safety.”
The Jan. 18 order against driver Eric Ronald Scott barring him from commercial driving stems from his arrest on Oct. 26, 2016, for two separate alcohol-related offenses in a four-day period.
According to the FMCSA, on the morning of Dec. 31, 2016, the Berlin, Vermont, Police Department responded to a call for assistance at a local hotel parking lot, where they found Mr. Scott asleep in the cab of his tractor-trailer. Police administered a breath test that detected the presence of alcohol before arresting Mr. Scott for a domestic assault charge.
Mr. Scott was released from police custody on Jan. 2, 2017. On the evening of Jan. 3, the Berlin, Vermont, police responded to a multi-vehicle crash that involved a tractor-trailer operated by Mr. Scott.
According to the police report, Mr. Scott was driving to Burlington, Vermont, and ultimately on to Memphis, Tennessee, when he jackknifed his tractor-trailer, striking a stop sign and forcing three passenger vehicles off the road. The police conducted an alcohol breath test at the scene and detected the presence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
In its imminent hazard out-of-service order, the FMCSA states that Mr. Scott’s operation of a commercial motor vehicle “substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and/or the motoring public if not discontinued immediately.”
If he’s caught driving while the imminent-hazard order is in effect, Mr. Scott could face civil fines of up to $3,100 per violation in addition to equitable relief and punitive damages. Intentional disregard and violation of the order may result in criminal penalties, the FMCSA said.