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Indiana State Police order California trucker out of service as 'imminent hazard'

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A California trucker has been ordered out of service by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration after operating his rig while intoxicated, in a case investigated by the Indiana State Police.

The federal “out-of-service” order is one of the first of its kind, the ISP said.

According to a statement released today, on Feb. 5 an ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) officer responded to 45th and Delaware Street in Gary, after Nebyou Brook was seen driving off the roadway, across the parking lot, and over some concrete parking blocks.

Brook registered a blood alcohol content of .18 percent, police said, and a further investigation by CVED uncovered both log-book and insecure-load violations.

In fact, police said, Brook has been investigated three times within the previous nine months for log violations, operating under the influence, and possession of alcohol and controlled substances.

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration, informed of the case, “promptly issued a federal out-of-service order for Brook as a driver who is an imminent hazard,” police said.

“This out-of-service order is one of the first of its kind and this investigation received the attention of FMCA Administrator Anne S. Ferro as well as that of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood,” police said.





Posted 2/28/2013