FMCSA shuts down an owner-operator, company driver for intoxication, other violations

| February 07, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Feb. 7 it had issued imminent hazard out-of-service order to a Tennessee-based owner-operator and a Florida-based truck driver for issues related to being intoxicated while driving. 


FMCSA shuts down S.C.-based small fleet, owner-operator

Three separate out-of-service orders were issued to two companies and one driver declared imminent hazards to public safety.

Ricky Hatfield, owner and operator of Hatfield Trucking in Tazwell, Tenn., was ordered to stop driving and had his business ordered to cease operations Jan. 22 after he crossed onto a highway shoulder in Franklin County, Penn., on I-81 in November and hit a car and hit and killed two pedestrians. 

He then hit a dump truck, and Hatfield’s tractor-trailer turned over. He then fled the scene, but was found hiding nearby. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, aggravated assault by a vehicle and failure to stop at an accident involving a death or personal injury. 

Hatfield had previously been convicted of a DUI in Utah, and in that instance he fled the scene, too.

FMCSA also Feb. 7 announced it had issued an imminent hazard out-of-service order to Devon House, a truck driver licensed in Florida. 

House three separate times in the past six months has been cited for alcohol-related violations while operating a truck, FMCSA says.

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  • hotshottrucker

    How in the name of Christ is he allowed to drive in the first place when he fled the scene previously. Then it goes on to say he was cited 3 times in the last six months. Just take him to the nearest tree and string up a rope and be done with it!!

  • ilovdieselsmoke

    He probably got away with it the first time because when checked he had the proper amount of windshield washer fluid. I bet he was treated better than we were at a Georgia scale for just that. By this particular GA enforcement officers arrogance I’m just thankful he didn’t call out the SWAT Team for such a serious infraction after we had exhausted all of the fluid back up the highway while fighting off a massive invasion of love bugs..

  • DAGR

    FMCSA is making it look like one bad apple spoils it for every driver when there are far more drunk drivers in four wheelers. We get it FMCSA, I know you think we are un-intelligent, but there are no perfect drivers anywhere. Quit making truckers look bad all around because of a few…

  • easymoney

    that’s life shit happens an life goes on. That kind of thing
    goes on every day someone hits an kills someone just
    pick a paper more four wheelers are caught in DWI’s than
    big trucks.

  • jr023

    why the hell did the state not lock this sob up after the 2nd time strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.