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Truck Driver Charged With DUI After Bordeaux Crash

July 21, 2014

A tractor-trailer driver sustained minor cuts and was arrested after his 18-wheeler rolled over near Nashville. According to a WKRN news report, the alleged DUI incident occurred on Briley Parkway near County Hospital Road in Bordeaux. Officials say he admitted to drinking vodka on the rocks before getting behind the wheel. He allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .24, which is six times the legal limit for commercial drivers. Before this rollover accident, the 55-year-old Arkansas driver had a clean record.

A DUI conviction can have a significant impact on the life of any driver, but it is particularly devastating for commercial drivers. Everyone who possesses a commercial drivers license (CDL) is held to a higher standard when behind the wheel. While the legal limit for drivers of passenger vehicles is .08 percent, the limit for commercial drivers in Tennessee is .04 percent. This means that commercial drivers can face harsh consequences if they operate a vehicle with even traces of alcohol in their system.

Commercial drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence could face:

  • A suspension or revocation of their commercial driver’s license.
  • Expensive license reinstatement fees after the suspension is over.
  • Points assessed to their record, which can lead to the loss of all driving privileges.
  • Temporary or permanent loss of job.
  • Much higher insurance rates.
  • Stiff fines.
  • Jail time depending on the circumstances of the incident.

Furthermore, commercial drivers who have a DUI on their record often struggle to secure employment even after their license is reinstated. This is why it is advisable for commercial drivers in Tennessee to fight DUI charges in court. Instead of signing an affidavit, pleading guilty or agreeing to a plea deal, truck drivers should consider building a solid defense.

There are many ways to fight DUI charges in Tennessee. If mistakes were made during your arrest or if your rights were violated, you may be able to have evidence dismissed and charges dropped. If you have been charged with a DUI, please contact an experienced Knoxville DUI defense lawyer to discuss your case at absolutely no cost.