An owner-operator from Tennessee has been sentenced after being found guilty of violating an imminent hazard out-of-service order. Dorian Ayache, owner-operator of Three Angels Farms in Lebanon, Tenn., was sentenced to three months in jail, 12 months supervised release, and a $5,000 fine. He was also ordered not to engage in commercial trucking.
Back in January 2012, a Three Angels Farm driver drove his truck carrying 38 horses off the side of the road, causing the death of three horses. The driver claimed that he had only received 30 minutes of rest within the past 24 hours after working all night.
Six months later, another crash involving a Three Angels Farm truck occurred, killing one horse. The driver did not have a valid CDL. Another driver in the truck had a suspended CDL.
As a result, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down the livestock carrier. Two months later, horse transporter Terri’s Farms was issued an imminent hazard order for “operating the same vehicles, and maintaining the same operational and safety management structure as former horse transporter Three Angels Farms.”
On Sept. 12, 2013, Ayache was indicted on charges that he violated the imminent hazard order. Ayache was accused of selling or transferring Three Angels Farms’ trucks despite the order from the FMCSA.
In August 2014, Ayache and a woman named Theresa Vincent, owner and operator of Terri’s Farms, pleaded guilty to violating an imminent hazard order. Vincent was placed on probation for one year last November.
Land Line Staff Writers Clarissa Hawes and Greg Grisolano contributed to this report.
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