Driver fined $19,400 for weight overage; arrested for OOS violation

Updated Apr 23, 2024
Stopped tractor-trailer
Washington County Sheriff's Department

One violation led to another and a Washington driver wound up being arrested in Oregon recently.

The Washington County (Oregon) Sheriff's Department reports that on April 10, just before 7 a.m., Traffic Safety Unit deputies specializing in commercial motor carrier enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a tractor-trailer at the intersection of NW Jackson School Road and NW Shadybrook Road. This section of NW Jackson School Road, stretching from NW Mason Hill Road to NW Shadybrook Road, carries a weight limit of 13 tons to preserve road quality and ensure safe operation.

According to the sheriff's department, during the stop, deputies discovered that the tractor-trailer exceeded this limit by a significant margin, weighing in at 89,000 lbs, which was.63,000 lbs over the permissible weight. This violation resulted in a fine totaling $19,400.

Further inspection revealed that the driver, 23-year-old David Barbacar from Tacoma, Washington, had also falsified his logbook, according to the sheriff's department. They said Barbacar also appeared extremely fatigued and was observed dozing off during the stop. This prompted deputies to place Barbacar out of service "due to the critical safety risk posed by his insufficient rest and apparent fatigue," according to a statement from the sheriff's department.

Despite this order, Barbacar was arrested less than two hours later by another commercial motor carrier enforcement deputy while operating his vehicle on Highway 26, for knowingly violating the out-of-service directive.