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Trucker Sidelined After Alcohol Smelled

Posted On March 21, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(West Harrison, Ind.) – Yet another commercial truck driver has been taken out of service for driving with alcohol in their system on Interstate 74 in Dearborn County.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze says that early Friday morning an ISP motor carrier inspector at the weight station on westbound I-74 in West Harrison found a truck on the scale to be overweight. The driver, Kent R. Jackson, 52, of Sparta, Kentucky, was ordered to come to the scale house with his license, registration, and other documents.

“When Mr. Jackson entered the scale building and began conversing with (the inspector) she detected an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath,” said Houze.

A portable breath test indicated Jackson’s BAC to be .03.

“While that level is relatively low and is not considered to render a driver ‘under the influence,’ simply having a measurable amount of alcohol in the driver’s system is a violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and is a Class B Infraction,” House explained.

No jail time is associated with the infraction, but Jackson could be fined up to $1,000 and have his commercial driving privileges suspended for up to one year.

This is not the first time in recent months that a truck driver has been found to have alcohol in their system as they passed through the West Harrison weight station. In December, a trucker was accused of DUI for having a BAC over the legal driving limit. Another driver was placed out of service in January for having a trace BAC below the typical legal driving limit of .08.

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