Federal transportation authorities have declared a commercial truck driver licensed in Georgia to be an “imminent threat to public safety” and barred him from operating a commercial vehicle after he was involved in a chain-reaction accident while driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered Christopher Spreyer to cease driving on March 10, weeks after he struck the back of a car that had slowed for traffic on Interstate 64 in Henrico County, Virginia, and set off a multiple-vehicle crash.
A Virginia Court found Mr. Spreyer guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol on Nov. 20, 2016, just weeks after he had a drug-induced medical emergency while driving through Louisiana.
According to the FMCSA, on Oct. 16, Mr. Spreyer made an emergency call for medical assistance from his parked tractor-trailer at a truck stop in Greenwood, Louisiana. “En route to the nearby hospital, Mr. Spreyrer admitted to the ambulance personnel that he had been using a Schedule II controlled substance, which use is prohibited by federal safety regulations,” an FMCSA report said.
Schedule II drugs include methadone, oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine, opium, codeine, and hydrocodone, as well as amphetamine and methamphetamine, among others.
“Speyrer further claimed to the ambulance staff that he had been using the same Schedule II controlled substance, and consequently, had not slept for the previous five days,” the FMCSA said.
The FMCSA’s imminent-hazard, out-of-service order states that Mr. Speyrer’s continued operation of a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce “substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and the motoring public if not discontinued immediately.”