California trucker declared a safety hazard by FMCSA

By Land Line staff | Friday, February 19, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared California-licensed truck driver Edward Herbert Crane to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.

Crane was served the federal order on Feb. 9, after testing positive for prohibited controlled substances four times since 2012 and being cited for a crash in January.

In May 2015, and FMCSA investigation revealed that Crane, a commercial driver’s license holder, was medically unqualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. During the investigation, it was found that Crane had tested positive for the use of prohibited controlled substances, amphetamines or methamphetamines, on three separate occasions since 2012. Additionally, the results of a test that were still pending during the investigation were also positive for methamphetamines.

Crane was disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce by order of the FMCSA in June 2015.

According to a release from the FMCSA, Crane has been evaluated by multiple substance abuse professionals since 2012, but he failed to comply with the follow-up testing requirements and he failed to obtain a certificate of completion from any substance abuse program provider.

Crane lost control of a commercial motor vehicle he was operating on Jan. 8, according to the FMCSA. The release states that Crane’s vehicle left the highway and struck a concrete barrier before overturning as it re-entered the roadway. Crane was cited by local law enforcement officers for failing to maintain control of his vehicle.

Following the crash, Crane was instructed by his employer to undergo drug and alcohol testing. According to the FMCSA, Crane failed to report to the facility and has refused to submit to a post-crash drug and alcohol test.

Violating an imminent hazard out-of-service order by a CDL holder may result in fines and disqualification from operating a commercial vehicle for no less than 180 days. A second offense may result in civil penalties of no less than $5,500 and disqualification from operating a commercial vehicle for at least two years.

Failure to comply with provisions of the imminent hazard out-of-service order may also result in criminal charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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