Trucker Had Allegedly Drank Before Driving

Posted On January 28, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(West Harrison, Ind.) – Although a truck driver wasn’t legally under the influence, he was placed out of service after Indiana State Police motor carrier inspectors smelled alcohol on his breath.

A truck driven by Willie Peterson, 42, of Pamplico, South Carolina, crossed the scale at the Interstate 74 West Harrison Weigh Station on Monday morning. A motor carrier inspector asked Peterson to park his truck and bring his paperwork to the scale house for a routine check.

As the trucker was speaking, the inspector noticed the smell of alcohol. A subsequent portable breath test allegedly indicated the presence of alcohol in Peterson’s system.

“The mere presence of alcohol in his system while operating a commercial vehicle was enough to issue him a traffic ticket for violating the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and by statute he was placed out-of-service for 24 hours,” said ISP Sgt. Noel Houze.

According to Houze, a violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations is a Class B Infraction under Indiana law.

Peterson doesn’t face any jail time for the infraction, but he could be fined up to $1,000.