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Intoxicated semi driver deemed ‘imminent hazard’

GARY -- A call from an off-duty Gary police officer to the Indiana State Police had brought what may be one of the first federal out of service orders for a California semitrailer driver. The order identifies the driver as an imminent hazard.

According to a press release from the state police, police responded to a request for assistance Feb. 5 from Gary officer Arthur Lemme, who was off-duty at the time, saw Nebyou Brook drive off the roadway, across a parking lot and over concrete parking blocks. Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Sgt. Wanda Clay responded to the scene at 45th and Delaware Street in Gary.

An Indiana State Police investigation identified Brook, who was intoxicated, police said, as having multiple violations as well as possessing alcohol in a commercial motor vehicle. The driver was issued a federal out of service order.

Clay and Sgt. Hans Schmidt identified Brook, who has a commerical license from California, as being involved in three previous investigations within the last 9 months.

Schmidt initiated an investigation with the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, which issued a federal out of service order for Brook.

Clay conducted the driver and vehicle inspection and found several violations, as well as insecure load violations, and possession of alcohol in a commercial motor vehicle.



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