Driving is a privilege. Many travel in motor vehicles to get to and from work, school, stores and other destinations. However, there are some individuals that drive for their job. Truck drivers are known for this, and frequently travel long distances to transport goods from one state to another. Thus, when a truck driver is accused of driving under the influence, he or she could have serious penalties that could impact his or her personal and professional life.

According to recent reports, a tractor-trailer turned over in Mocksville, North Carolina. North Carolina authorities reported that the truck overturned on Interstate 40, causing a partial shutdown of the road. Police confirmed that the crash only involved the tractor-trailer, and that it happened when the driver ran off the road. This caused the truck transporting spaghetti sauce to flip over, spilling the sauce everywhere. Some diesel also spilled onto the roadway as a result of the accident.

Upon initial investigation, police stated that they believed that alcohol played a factor in the crash. Following preliminary investigation, authorities charged the truck driver with DWI and reckless driving. He is currently being held in jail.

When faced with a DWI, individuals should understand the severity of these charges. A conviction could result in fines, license suspension and even jail time. Even more so, if the charge occurred during the course of work, this could impact the accused’s ability to maintain a job. Therefore, it is important to take the time to understand criminal defense options and how the charges could be reduced or even dismissed.

Source: wnsn.com, “NC driver flips truck, spilling load of Ragu spaghetti sauce on I-40,” Jan. 21, 2018