DOT Orders California Driver to Cease Operating

 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered a California-based truck driver to cease operating after he was cited for numerous egregious violations of federal regulations, the most recent involving being arrested for intoxicated driving.

FMCSA ordered Nebyou Brook, a driver for Purpose Driven Services LLC, a trucking company based in Apple Valley, Minn., to cease operating following an inspection on Feb. 5, 2013, that led to the discovery of Brook’s negligence in ignoring the drug, alcohol and hours-of-service prohibitions in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

Police stopped Brook after he drove his truck off the roadway, across a parking lot, and over concrete parking blocks. They arrested him after a field breathalyzer test indicated a .18 Blood Alcohol Content result. In addition, five prescription bottles with the driver's name were discovered behind the windshield visor and an open, partially consumed and still cold bottle of beer was discovered behind the passenger seat. Brook was unable to tell the police where he was going and or coming from. He could not locate his logbook or the vehicle keys.

This incident was the most recent in a serious of serious safety concerns found during four roadside inspections taking place over nearly a year, in which he had been cited for egregious safety and traffic law violations, including drinking alcohol within four hours of driving, posession of marijuana, an open container of alcohol in the cab, and hours-of-service violations.

Before being allowed to drive again, Brook must demontrate to the Midwest Field Administrator that he has gone through the evaluation, referral and education/treatment process in the federal drug and alcohol regulations and undergo training in the hours of service requirement.

"A CMV driver’s blatant disregard for public safety will not be tolerated,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Our agency is committed to raising the bar for commercial vehicle and driver safety, and we will remain diligent in removing negligent carriers and drivers from the roads.”