Crash, DUI charge nets driver FMCSA shut down order

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An Idaho-based truck driver has been declared an "imminent hazard to public safety" by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, effectively shutting him down.

Shane R. Warr received the order keeping him operating any commercial motor vehicle in intrastate or interstate commerce Feb. 8.

A statement from the FMCSA said:

On February 3, 2021, Warr, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, was operating a semi-truck on Interstate 15 in Pocatello, Idaho, when it crossed over the median striking two passenger vehicles – with one of the drivers transported to the hospital.

Warr subsequently submitted to two breathalyzer tests conducted by Idaho State Police at the scene of the crash.  Conducted minutes apart, the first test returned a breath alcohol concentration of 0.132; the second 0.124.  Operating a commercial vehicle requiring a CDL and possessing an alcohol concentration of greater than 0.04 is a violation of federal safety regulations. 

Warr has been charged by the State of Idaho with the felony offense of driving under the influence of alcohol.  He has also been charged with two misdemeanors: possession of an open container, and; carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence of alcohol.

In August 2016, Warr was convicted in Idaho for driving under the influence of alcohol and had his license suspended for one year.

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 result in criminal penalties. 

Warr may not operate a commercial motor vehicle until such time as he successfully completes the statutorily required return-to-duty process overseen by a Substance Abuse Professional.