Georgia trucker deemed unsafe, ordered to cease operations after crash

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 3/31/2015

A Georgia-licensed trucker has been found to be an imminent hazard to public safety by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, according to an agency news release. The 63-year-old man, who tested positive for drugs, struck a Georgia Port Authority officer’s vehicle with his truck.

Back on March 2, Georgia trucker Robert Lee Turner was driving his truck in the Port of Savannah. Turner’s tractor-trailer crashed into a Georgia Port Authority vehicle while the officer was standing outside the vehicle. The officer was seriously injured.

On March 25, Turner received a federal order to cease operations of any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

Turner was arrested and tested for drugs. According to the press release, Georgia State Patrol found cocaine in Turner’s system. The trucker was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

A Georgia Department of Public Safety spokesperson told Land Line that Turner was also charged with expired tags.

According to the DPS spokesperson, the officer who was struck remains hospitalized.

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