Tanker driver fined $9,250 for driving over covered bridge in Pennsylvania

By Land Line staff | Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It wasn’t the maximum fine, but a Pennsylvania tanker truck driver has been ordered to pay $9,250 in restitution for driving an overweight vehicle over an historic covered bridge in Lehigh County.

Local tanker driver Robert J. Wolkowicz, 48, of Lehigh County, pleaded guilty on Monday, Dec. 22, to summary counts of criminal mischief and a bridge weight violation after driving a 76,360-pound fuel tanker over the Wehr Mill Covered Bridge on July 25. The weight limit on the bridge was 20,000 pounds at the time.

Wolkowicz turned himself in to police on July 31 and posted bail to remain out of jail. The maximum fine Wolkowicz faced was $16,200, according to prosecutors.

Lehigh County Magistrate Jacob Hammond ordered the trucker to pay $1,000 to cover bridge repairs and $8,250 for the overweight penalty.

According to a news report, Wolkowicz said he was trying to avoid another route that had been closed for construction and made a regrettable choice to drive over the covered bridge. An inspection later showed that damages to the covered bridge were minimal.

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