Police Make Alarming Discovery After Trucker Causes Backup on Pennsylvania Highway
Berks County, PA – A Canadian trucker who authorities say was driving erratically and causing a backup along a Pennsylvania highway this week was busted for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.
According to the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), Trooper Richard Carpenter encountered a traffic backup on Route 422 between the Lancaster Avenue and Interstate 176 exits about 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Multiple motorists motioned to Trooper Carpenter and pointed up ahead toward a tractor-trailer that was operating erratically at approximately 45 mph in the right lane.
PSP said motorists were reticent to pass the big rig because it was swerving back and forth from the center line to the shoulder, which contributed to traffic becoming snarled.
Trooper Carpenter then began following the tractor-trailer and observed it slow to 28 mph for no apparent reason.
He then initiated a stop of the vehicle in Exeter Township at Gibraltar Road, just after the expressway’s merge with Business Route 422.
The truck driver, identified as Mohammad S. Tanoli, 34, of Pickering, Ontario, was observed to have blood shot eyes and smelled of alcohol.
Trooper Carpenter administered a field sobriety test which Tanoli failed.
PSP indicated Tanoli’s blood-alcohol level was 0.14 percent, which is more than three times the legal limit of 0.04 percent allowed under federal regulations for commercial drivers.
Further, PSP said a search of the truck revealed an open container of beer on its side on the floor and spilling into the sleeper.
Tanoli was subsequently arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving too slow for conditions and having an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.
He was released after an arraignment in Reading Central Court.