Truck Driver Found Guilty Of Assaulting Inspector With Big Rig
Sacramento, California – A truck driver was convicted of felony assault after admitting to striking an inspector with his semi-truck during a roadside inspection.
The incident occurred on April 25, 2016, in Hesperia, San Bernardino County, at a Pilot Truck Stop off of Highway 395.
Two California Air Resources Board (CARB) inspectors spotted an older model red Peterbilt semi and observed that it did not have a diesel particulate filter, which is required for older vehicles under the state’s Truck and Bus Regulation.
The inspectors identified themselves to the driver, Bhupinder Singhbal, who was working on the engine.
They asked to inspect the truck. However, Singhbal was uncooperative.
One of the inspectors then walked to the front of the truck to photograph the license plate.
Singhbal then started the truck, revved the engine and surged the semi forward.
The inspector was struck in the shoulder and chest as he attempting to avoid being hit.
The California Highway Patrol pulled Singhbal over on-site and CARB inspectors were able to complete the inspection.
CARB inspectors cited Singhbal for failing to have a diesel particulate filter and for labeling violations.
He was later charged by the San Bernardino District Attorney with assault with a deadly weapon.
Singhbal plead guilty on February 25 to felony assault and was sentenced to felony probation.
“CARB’s highly experienced and capable enforcement team performs thousands of inspections annually to ensure compliance with air pollution laws,” said CARB’s Enforcement Division Chief Todd Sax.
“All regulated parties must submit to an inspection when directed to do so by our inspectors. The outrageous action of this driver could have severely injured our inspector or others in the area as he attempted to avoid the inspection. Drivers should know that every incident like this assault will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and our inspectors will continue to enforce California’s strict policies to help protect public health and clean our air,” Sax commented.
If after five months, Singhbal successfully meets his requirements, his crime will be reduced to a misdemeanor and the remaining sentence of two years, seven months will be shifted to misdemeanor probation.