A trucker who worked for a
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
, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in
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.