Driver drunk, changing pants and rolls his truck

Updated Nov 4, 2016

Law enforcement officials say the driver of a tractor-trailer that rolled over on I-89 in Vermont Wednesday (Nov. 2) morning was not only under the influence of alcohol but was also changing his pants at the time of the crash.

Allen R. Johnson (Vermont State Police photo)Allen R. Johnson (Vermont State Police photo)

Vermont State Police say Allen R. Johnson, 62, of Meriden, Connecticut, was northbound on I-89 near mile marker 81 in the Town of Williston when he rolled the 2005 Freightliner he was driving. The VSP report on the crash said Johnson’s truck was traveling 63 mph when “… he stood up from his driver’s seat and was attempting to change his pants in the front cab. Johnson was standing up vertically between the two front cab seats while his truck was in motion.”

At the scene of the mishap, VSP troopers “… noted an odor of intoxicants coming from the operator,” according to their report. Johnson took a preliminary breath test and had a blood alcohol content of .209.

The police report added: “It should be noted that the legal limit for operating a (CMV) under the influence on a public highway is .04%. Johnson was approximately 5 times that limit.”

The troopers’ report said Johnson was treated for minor injuries at University of Vermont Medical Center.

Johnson was charged with driving under the influence while operating a commercial motor and negligent operation. He is to appear in court Nov. 22.