Police Put Brakes On Alleged Drunk Semi Driver

December 6, 2013
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Stephenson is facing charges after police say they observed him under the influence of alcohol at the West Harrison Weigh Station Thursday. (Image: aaroads.com)

Stephenson is facing charges after police say he was under the influence of alcohol at the West Harrison Weigh Station. (Image: aaroads.com)

Authorities said they arrested a truck driver that may have been drinking on the job Thursday morning.

Indiana State Police said the driver pulled his 2001 Volvo tractor and flatbed trailer into the West Harrison Weigh Station on I-74 at the Indiana/ Ohio state line around 7:40 a.m.

Motor Carrier Inspector Kim Hill observed the driver having difficulty parking the vehicle correctly on the scale, according to police.

“After weighing the vehicle she asked the driver to park in the back lot and report back to the scale house with his driver’s license and paperwork for the truck and its load,” reported Noel Houze, ISP Public Information Officer.

“When the driver came back into the scale house he did not bring the items MCI Hill had requested,” Houze explained. “After speaking with the driver she detected an odor of alcohol beverages on the driver’s breath.”

A trooper with Indiana State Police was contacted for assistance. After observing the driver, police also believed he was under the influence of alcohol.

The driver was 62-year-old George Stephenson, of Charleston, West Virginia.

“Further investigation at the weigh station revealed Stephenson had a cooler of beer and vodka inside his truck which is a violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations,” Houze indicated.

A breathalyzer test was preformed at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center and indicated Stephenson had a B.A.C of .09 percent, police said.

Stephenson is facing charges for OWI and Violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

 

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