Kentucky trucker out of service for numerous hours of service violations, drug paraphernalia, more

Federal authorities have declared a Kentucky-based truck driver an imminent hazard to public safety after he was found to be in serious violation of numerous regulations during both of two traffic stops in three days.

Truck driver Jerry L. Jasper was served a federal order on March 19 forbidding him to operate a commercial vehicle interstate.

According to the FMCSA, the out of service order came on the heels of two traffic stops in December 2017 during which numerous violations were discovered.

From the out of service order:

On December 6, 2017, Jasper, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, was operating a large commercial truck on Kansas 4 Highway in Rush County, when he was stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol Officer for a speeding violation.  Upon further inspection, Jasper was found to be driving with a suspended commercial driver’s license (CDL) and in violation of multiple hours-of-service regulations designed to prevent fatigued driving. The Kansas Highway Patrol Officer also found drug paraphernalia in the truck cab whereby Jasper was placed under arrest and taken to the Barton County Jail.  He subsequently posted bond and was released.

On December 8, 2017, while operating a large commercial truck in Missouri, Jasper was stopped in Warren County along Interstate 70 for a roadside safety inspection. A Missouri State Highway Patrol Officer again found Jasper operating with a suspended CDL and in violation of multiple hours-of-service regulations.

In addition to the out of service order, Jasper could also face civil penalties for violating FMCSA safety regulations.

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