By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Thursday, September 06, 2012
The operator of a trucking company has been sentenced for his refusal to shut his company down, even after an FMCSA out-of-service order.
Devasko Lewis was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Albany, GA, on Aug. 30 to spend six months in jail and 12 months of supervised release for operating a commercial motor vehicle in violation of an Imminent Hazard – Out of Service Order issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Lewis pleaded guilty to the charge in May.
Court documents showed Lewis made a false statement in an application for motor carrier authority for “DDL Transport” filed on July 12, 2011 with the U.S. DOT. Lewis stated he had not had a relationship with another motor carrier within the past three years.
In his initial court appearance, Lewis pleaded not guilty to both counts.
Lewis had previously operated Lewis Trucking Co., which had been ordered out of service based on safety violations that posed an “imminent safety hazard.” The order came after FMCSA conducted a compliance review of Lewis Trucking Co. after a fatal wreck in 2008, court documents show.
Seven prison guards died in that wreck.
Lewis never took action to terminate or rescind the out-of-service order for Lewis Trucking Co.
By September 2011, just two months after being approved by FMCSA, court records show DDL Transport had amassed 129 violations during five roadside inspections, prompting FMCSA to order the carrier out of service.
The investigation was completed with the assistance of FMCSA and the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
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