Truck Driver With History of DUI Deemed ‘Imminent Hazard’ Following Three-Vehicle Crash
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has deemed a truck driver with a history of driving under the influence (DUI) an “imminent hazard” following an accident this month.
Shane Warr, 57, of Blackfoot, ID, was charged for causing a three-vehicle crossover crash along Interstate 15 in Pocatello on February 3.
Idaho State Police (ISP) investigators said Warr was operating north in a Freightliner tractor pulling a trailer loaded with alcohol when he crossed over the median and into the southbound lanes.
Warr collided with a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Debbie Akers, 54, and a 2020 Ford Ranger, driven by Clay Hirschi, 23, both of Pocatello, ISP said.
Akers suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Following the accident, Warr submitted to two breathalyzer tests conducted by ISP at the scene.
The first test returned a breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.132 and the second 0.124.
Per Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations it is illegal to operate a commercial vehicle requiring a CDL with greater than 0.04 BAC.
Warr was subsequently charged with aggravated driving under the influence (a felony), and possessing an open container of alcohol while driving (a misdemeanor).
Further, ISP also discovered a weapon in Warr’s truck leading to an additional charge of carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence, also a misdemeanor.
Warr reportedly has a long history of alcohol abuse dating back at least two decades.
In August 2016, he was convicted in Idaho for an alcohol DUI and had his license suspended for one year.
FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order states that Warr’s “blatant violations of the [federal safety regulations] and disregard for the safety of the motoring public … substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and motoring public.”
The Agency said Warr may not operate a CMV until such time as he successfully completes the statutorily required return-to-duty process overseen by a Substance Abuse Professional.
Failing to comply with the provisions of the federal imminent hazard order may result in civil penalties of up to $2,500 for each violation.
Knowing and/or willful violations may also result in additional criminal penalties.
Photos courtesy of Bannock County Jail & East Idaho News