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$19K fine issued for overweight violation, truck driver arrested hours later for defying out-of-service order

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Police in Oregon issued a large fine for an overweight violation and then arrested a truck driver two hours later for operating while out-of-service, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO).

The incident began shortly before 7 a.m. on April 10 when WCSO deputies pulled over a tractor trailer on NW Jackson School Road in Washington County, Oregon.

The roadway carries a 13 ton weight limit in order to “preserve road quality and ensure safe operation,” according to police.

Deputies discovered that the truck weighted 89,000 pounds, which made it 63,000 pounds over the permissible weight for the roadway.

Deputies issued a fine of $19,400 for the weight violation.

Also during the traffic stop, deputies reportedly discovered that 23 year old Washington-based truck driver David Barbacar “falsified his logbook.”

From WCSO:

Barbacar additionally appeared extremely fatigued and was observed dozing off during the stop, which led to him being placed out of service due to the critical safety risk posed by his insufficient rest and apparent fatigue.

Despite this order, Barbacar was arrested less than two hours later by another commercial motor carrier enforcement deputy while operating his vehicle on Highway 26, for knowingly violating the out-of-service directive.

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