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Oversized load driver arrested after troopers discover missing wheel assembly


New Hampshire State Police say that they arrested a truck driver who they were providing an escort for after discovering multiple violations.

On Wednesday, July 17, 42 year old truck driver Jan Joseph Krout was arrested for Unsworn Falsification, and Tampering With Public Records after attempting to transport a modular home.

Here’s how New Hampshire State Police describe the events leading to the arrest:

On July 17, 2019 at approximately 9:03 a.m., members of the New Hampshire State Police were requested by Alpine Modular Transport LLC, of Middleburg, PA to escort two oversize modular homes from Seabrook, New Hampshire to the New Hampshire and Maine State line in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

While transporting the two loads, one of the tractor trailer units sustained a flat tire on the trailer and had to pull over at the Hampton Tolls to replace it. As Lieutenant Michael Commerford, of New Hampshire State Police – Troop D, and Staff Sergeant William Burke of New Hampshire State Police – Troop G were guiding the second tractor trailer unit into the parking lot of the tolls, they observed that one of the axles was missing a wheel assembly on the trailer of the modular home.

The driver of tractor trailer unit was identified as an Jan Joseph Krout, age 42, of Penns Creek, PA. Troopers learned that Mr. Krout had lost the wheel assembly earlier that morning in Massachusetts and that Mr. Krout was of the belief that he only needed four axles on the trailer to transport the oversized load. Upon reviewing the vehicle’s oversized load permit, Troopers were able to determine that the vehicle was required to have all five axles.

Prior to leaving the staging area in Seabrook, Mr. Krout had completed the required Oversize Permit Loads Check List and signed the form indicating that there were no safety issues that precluded him from moving the load. Mr. Krout provided the form to Troopers prior to beginning the escort.

Mr. Krout was subsequently arrested for Unsworn Falsification, and Tampering With Public Records. He was transported to the Hampton Police Department for processing and ordered to appear at the 10th Circuit – District Division – Hampton Court on August 22, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Upon his release, Mr. Krout was taken back to his tractor trailer where he was placed out of service by Trooper First Class Michael Doran of the New Hampshire State Police – Troop G for a falsified log book. Additionally, the trailer hauling the modular home was placed out of service until the axle assembly was replaced.


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