Kentucky truck driver designated an 'imminent hazard' after two overdoses while driving
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Kentucky truck driver has been declared an imminent hazard after he was found to have overdosed twice while operating a truck and cited for driving impaired on another occasion.
Kentucky State Police (KSP) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Scotty Kinmon is no longer allowed to operate any commercial motor vehicle following the alarming incidents.
The first incident took place in July 2017 when officers in Cincinnati, Ohio responding to an emergency call found Kinmon slumped over in the cab of his truck. Police determined he had overdosed on a Schedule I substance and he was found guilty of disorderly conduct.
On August 15, 2017, Kinnon was stopped by an officer in Summit County, Ohio where he was cited for driving while impaired. Police say Kinmon failed to appear in court for the citation and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Things culminated just three days later, when on August 18th, Kinmon was operating a large commercial truck on I-74 in Hamilton, Ohio.
Investigators say his truck slowed down on the Interstate to the point it came to a stop then started to roll backwards. The semi rolled back into adjacent travel lanes, jackknifed, struck a guardrail, and came to a stop with the trailer blocking all westbound lanes.
Motorists found Kinmon unresponsive in his truck and first responders treated him for an overdose before transporting him to the hospital.
In addition to having his license revoked, Kinmon could face civil penalties.