The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration declared Arkansas truck driver Jeffry Scott Mitchell to be an imminent hazard to public safety after Mitchell was cited and arrested on multiple occasions during roadside inspections.
On five separate roadside safety inspections in five different states in the last nine months, Mitchell was cited and taken into custody for either being under the influence of, or in possession of, a Schedule 1 controlled substance.
He was also cited for multiple violations of operating a commercial vehicle without a valid Commercial Driver’s License, multiple records-of-duty status violations, and an instance of failing to obey a traffic control device.
Mitchell has been ordered not to operate any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce and may be fined if he fails to comply. He may also be subject to a civil penalty enforcement proceeding brought by FMCSA for his violation of the agency’s safety regulations.
FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order states: “Your blatant and egregious violations of [federal safety regulations] and drug and alcohol regulations and ongoing and repeated disregard for the safety of the motoring public … substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and/or to the motoring public.”