The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a federal out of service order to a truck driver for substance use violations and for violating an out of service order.
On June 23, 2021, Tennessee-based truck driver Kristopher Anthony Adams was served a federal order barring him from operating a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce.
According to the FMCSA, on June 8, 2021, Adams bypassed an open weigh station in Branch County, Michigan. He was pulled over by a Michigan State Trooper and allegedly admitted to the use of a Schedule II drug. He was immediately placed out of service.
On June 9, Adams was driving a truck in Adair County, Kentucky, when he drifted into the opposing lane and struck another vehicle.
“Despite the Michigan out-of-service order, Adams continued operating his commercial vehicle leading up to the Kentucky, June 9, 2021, crash,” the FMCSA stated in a news release.
The FMCSA also said that Adams failed a pre-employment drug screen in March 2020, testing positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine. Authorities say that Adams continued to drive commercial vehicles though he was no longer qualified to do so under federal law and in August 2020 was involved in a single vehicle crash in Kentucky.
Three months later, Adams underwent two separate unannounced roadside inspections in Georgia and received citations for safety violations on both occasions.