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[ISP] Commercial Driver Placed Out-of-Service
Start Date: 2/23/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/23/2014
Entry Description

Jackson County: Earlier today a commercial driver was placed out-of-service for a violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. At approximately 11:53 this morning Tpr. Bryce Harris stopped to check on a 2007 Volvo semi tractor-trailer rig stopped on I-65 southbound at the exit ramp to exit 41 (Uniontown Exit). Tpr. Harris noticed the driver was talking on the phone as he approached the vehicle. The driver, 54 year old Irvy Lewis McGee of Covert, MI, told Tpr. Harris he was having some kind of mechanical problems and was awaiting the arrival of a service truck. During their conversation, Tpr. Harris detected the odor of alcohol on the driver. Further investigation revealed a bottle of vodka and a bottle of whiskey, neither of which was full, inside the cab of the semi as well as McGee having a small amount of alcohol in his system. Tpr. Harris contacted Tpr. Korry Clark, who is certified to conduct Level III Commercial Vehicle Inspections, for assistance. Upon completion of Tpr. Clark’s inspection, McGee was charged with Violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) for being in possession of alcohol in a commercial motor vehicle, a Class B Infraction and was placed out-of-service for 24 hours. Although McGee was not technically under the influence of alcohol, the fact he had a measurable amount of alcohol in his system and possessed open containers of alcohol in the cab of his semi, he was in violation of FMCSR. Since a violation of FMCSR is only an infraction and not a criminal violation, McGee is not facing jail time but could be fined up to $1,000 if convicted. In addition, he could also lose his commercial driving privileges for one year.

Crashes involving commercial vehicles typically are far more serious than those only involving passenger cars simply because of the size and weight of the commercial vehicle. The Indiana State Police commitment to safety on Hoosier roadways is a priority and in this case, a trooper stopped to see if he could render assistance and found a violation that if not detected could have resulted in a crash and possibly death or injury.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Noel Houze
Phone: 812-689-8011
Email: NHouze@isp.in.gov
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