The owner of an interstate livestock carrier has been sentenced to a year’s probation for violating a Federal Motor Carrier imminent hazard out of service order.
A news release issued Friday from the U.S. Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General says last month Theresa Vincent, the owner and operator of Terri's Farm in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, received the sentence from a federal court in Nashville.
In August 2014, Vincent, along with Dorian Ayache, owner and operator of Three Angels Farms, Lebanon, Tennessee, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Nashville, Tennessee, to violating an imminent hazard out of service order. The two were indicted in September 2013. Ayache has yet to be sentenced.
In June 2012, FMCSA determined that the operations of Three Angels Farms posed an imminent hazard to public safety and issued an order requiring Dorian Ayache to cease all commercial motor vehicle operations. The order was issued due to Ayache's unacceptable safety practices, including his failure to adequately maintain his commercial motor vehicles and his failure to ensure drivers were qualified, according to the IG’s office. He was also cited for accidents that occurred in 2012 that resulted in fatal injuries to horses.
In August 2012, FMCSA issued a second order against Vincent and Terri’s Farm, ordering them to cease all commercial motor vehicle operations and found that Terri’s Farm was merely a continuation of Three Angels Farm. Vincent, as well as Ayache, criminally violated the FMCSA order by continuing commercial motor carrier operations under the name and authority of Terri's Farm.