Things not to do while driving a tractor-trailer: Be drunk, change pants

Things not to do while driving a tractor-trailer: Be drunk, change pants

Earning himself consideration for our "worst trucker in the world" nominations, truck driver Allen Johnson, Sr. reportedly was standing up in his Freightliner trying to change his pants — this while at speed on the highway — when the truck rolled off the side of the road.

Mr. Johnson, 62, of Meriden, CT, may have had quite a long night: this was the scene Vermont State Police found when they responded to a call at 9:24 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The tractor-trailer was on its passenger side along Interstate 89 in Williston, VT, just east of Burlington, according to the Vermont State Police.

Police performed field sobriety tests on Johnson, who registered a blood alcohol content of 0.209% in a preliminary breath test. "It should be noted that the legal limit for operating a [commercial motor vehicle] under the influence on a public highway is 0.04%," a police statement reads. "Johnson was approximately 5 times that limit."

"Investigation also revealed that while Johnson was traveling north on the interstate at 63 mph in a full-size tractor-trailer unit, he stood up from his driver's seat and was attempting to change his pants in the front cab," police stated. "Johnson was standing up vertically between the two front cab seats while his truck was in motion."

Johnson was treated at the University of Vermont Medical Center for minor injuries, the Burlington Free Press reported. He's scheduled to appear in court later this month for charges of driving under the influence while operating a commercial motor vehicle and negligent operation. 

 

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