The FMCSA has placed a Utah truck driver out of service for testing positive for methamphetamine the day before a crash and then telling his former employer about plans to deceive his new trucking company about the positive drug test results.
According to the FMCSA, driver Eddie D. Price was working for Superior Service Transport when he tested positive from methamphetamine on September 13, 2016.
One day later, Price was involved in a serious crash with a pickup that put both himself and the motorist in the hospital.
Superior Service Transport provided Price with information about the necessary process to return to work after a positive drug test but Price refused to participate and was then terminated.
On October 4, Price reportedly contacted Superior Service Transport to let them know that he found a new employer. He also let Superior Service Transport know the he did not tell his new employer about the positive drug test and that he had left his former employer off of his employment applications.
According to the October 12 out of service order, Price “ignore(s) the (federal safety regulations), including the prohibitions on operating a CMV after having tested positive for controlled substances and failing to comply with the mandatory return-to-duty process.”
Price could face civil or criminal penalties if he ignores the out of service order.