FMCSA Orders Repeated DUI Offender Off The Road After Latest ‘Egregious Violation’
Washington D.C. – For the second time this week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared a professional commercial driver an “imminent hazard” to public safety.
On Thursday, the FMCSA said it ordered Minnesota-licensed commercial driver Jordan Andrew Bane not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.
Bane was served the federal order on March 5, 2021.
According to the Agency, on February 17 of this year, Bane was operating a tractor-trailer in Fair Haven, VT, when he underwent a roadside safety inspection conducted by an enforcement officer with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV).
During the course of the inspection, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana.
She then asked permission to search the truck cab and sleeper berth compartment.
After Bane consented, the enforcement officer found multiple containers, the contents of which subsequently tested positive for marijuana.
The officer also found an unlabeled pill bottle containing three different types of pills.
By using an online identifier, she found all the pills to be Schedule II controlled substances for which Bane did not possess a prescription, the FMCSA informed.
In addition, the enforcement officer discovered two synthetic urine kits which are commonly used to avoid a positive controlled substances test
One of kits was open and the other unopened.
Bane was then issued a citation for possession of a narcotic drug and was ordered out-of-service (OOS) for 24 hours.
However, not even 24 hours later Bane was stopped less than two hours away in Barre by the same VDMV enforcement officer.
This is not Bane’s first brush with the law when it comes to substance-related offenses.
In fact, he has been previously twice convicted by the State of Minnesota for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, and once convicted for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs.
FMCSA called Bane’s behavior a “blatant and egregious violation.”
If Bane fails to comply with the FMCSA’s OOS order he could face civil penalties of up to $1,895 for each violation and even criminal penalties.
Federal regulations now require Bane to undergo an evaluation by a certified medical examiner and provide evidence he is qualified to return to driving duties before he may operate a commercial motor vehicle again.
Photo of Bane courtesy Stearns County (St. Cloud) Minnesota Jail from a previous violation in 2011