Personal Injury

Feds Bar Tractor-Trailer Driver From Road After Drugged Driving Incidents

trucks 435x334 Feds Bar Tractor Trailer Driver From Road After Drugged Driving IncidentsA Kentucky tractor-trailer driver has been barred from driving across state lines after a series of impaired-driving incidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said.

On Dec. 4, 2017, FMCSA authorities served Scotty R. Kinmon, a 28-year-old truck driver commercially licensed in Kentucky, with a federal order to cease operating any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce. According to the FMCSA, Mr. Kinmon was deemed to be “an imminent hazard to public safety.”

On Aug. 18, 2017, Mr. Kinmon was driving a tractor-trailer west on Interstate 74 in Hamilton County, Ohio, when his truck slowed down to the point where it stopped and began to roll backward.

The tractor-trailer rolled backward into adjacent travel lanes and jackknifed, striking the guardrail before coming to an uncontrolled stop with the trailer positioned across all the westbound travel lanes. Other motorists found Kinmon unresponsive in his truck cab.

According to WCPO Channel 9 Cincinnati, law enforcement officers and ambulance personnel arrived at the scene and treated Mr. Kinmon for a heroin overdose. WCPO reports that Mr. Kinmon was revived with Narcan at the scene and then taken to the hospital.

Three days earlier, on Aug. 15, Mr. Kinmon was stopped by a police officer while driving a tractor-trailer in Summit County, Ohio, and cited for impaired driving. He failed to appear before the Ohio court on the traffic citation and an order was issued for his arrest.

In late July 2017, Cincinnati police officers responding to an emergency call found Mr. Kinmon slumped over in the cab of his tractor-trailer. According to the FMCSA, the police subsequently determined Mr. Kimon had overdosed on a Schedule I controlled substance and arrested him. An Ohio court later found him guilty of disorderly conduct.

The FMCSA’s imminent hazard/out-of-service order states that Mr. Kinmon’s continued operation of a CMV “… substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and the motoring public if not discontinued immediately.”