Trucker ordered off the road after five drug arrests in nine months

All five arrests took place during roadside inspections.

Trucker ordered off the road after five drug arrests during roadside inspections in nine months

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered an Arkansas truck driver out of service for multiple DUIs in multiple states along with licensing and record of duty status violations.

On December 14, the FMCSA ordered truck driver Jeffery Scott Mitchell not to operate a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce following numerous violations, many of which involved drugs.

The FMCSA says that during five different roadside inspections in the states of Arizona, California, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Mitchell was arrested for either possessing or being under the influence of a Schedule I drug. All five of these roadside inspections and arrests took place within a nine month window.

During these five roadside inspections, Mitchell was also cited numerous times for operating without a valid CDL, for multiple record-of-duty status violations, and for running a red light.

Mitchell’s Out of Service order states that “Your blatant and egregious violations of [federal safety regulations] and drug and alcohol regulations and ongoing and repeated disregard for the safety of the motoring public … substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and/or to the motoring public.

The FMCSA says that Mitchell could also face civil penalties.