Trucker given probation for making false statement

| Friday, December 02, 2005

A trucker who worked for a New Jersey company – previously fined in connection with falsification of logbooks – has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to making false statements.

On Nov. 21, Chad J. Zufall, a former driver for H.R.S. Transport Inc. based in Phillipsburg , NJ , was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Trenton , NJ , to two years probation and fined $750 following his August 2005 guilty plea to a charge of making false statements, according to a Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General press release.

In August 2000, Zufall rear-ended a van while driving an H.R.S. truck; all four people in the van were killed.

An investigation into the wreck found that Zufall had falsified his logbooks on numerous occasions, but destruction of logbooks at the scene kept investigators from determining whether or not hours-of-service regs were violated in this crash, according to the release.

FMCSA, which assisted with the investigation, previously fined H.R.S. $31,800 for the falsified driver logbooks and for violations of drug and alcohol testing programs.

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