A Kentucky truck driver has been deemed an imminent hazard to public safety by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The trucker was chased by police while on drugs after a hit-and-run incident, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation press release.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Dalton McCoy Lampley was driving his truck on Interstate 24 in McCracken County, Ky. Lampley crossed the median and began driving into oncoming traffic, hitting two vehicles and resulting in several crashes.
Police began a pursuit after Lampley fled the scene. The trucker drove erratically into Calvert City, Ky., where law enforcement attempted to stop the truck with a spike strip. Lampley diverted his vehicle from the strip by switching lanes, driving directly toward a police officer who walked away uninjured.
Eventually, the truck was disabled near the intersection of Kentucky Highway 1523 and 62. Lampley was arrested for reckless driving, assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
Lampley confessed that he had been on a Schedule II drug that day and several days prior. The U.S. DOT’s press release did not specify which drug Lampley was using. Schedule II drugs range from illegal narcotics, such as cocaine and methamphetamine to prescription drugs including hydrocodone, oxycodone and codeine.
Lampley received the order to cease all operations of commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce on March 31.