On July 16th around 6 p.m. Minnesota state troopers were notified of a semi-truck driver who had been swerving across the lanes of Highway 10.
In a video provided to Fox9 by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, a man is seen tumbling out of a truck and is unable to stand without the help of a trooper. This necessitated the closure of a lane of the highway for several hours.
Before being pulled over by the police, the semi swerved off to the right side of the highway, hit a sign, then swerved to the left before coming to a halt on the right side of the highway.
Jonathan Czech, identified as the 45-year truck driver from Minnesota, told the trooper that he was traveling from Minot, North Dakota. As Czech was speaking, the the trooper detected Czech’s slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, as well as alcohol on his breath. When asked, Czech confessed to having a “few beers.”
Two 1.75 L bottles of vodka were found by the trooper next to the driver’s seat. It was apparent that a bottle was opened and vodka was consumed. The trooper subsequently found Czech’s alcohol concentration level was at a 0.28, 0.20 over the legal limit. According to Lt. Don Marose, a Minnesota State Patrol, “this one was, I would say, near the top of the amount of impairment.” He also noted that most impaired drivers aren’t under “that egregious amount of impairment.”
349 commercial drivers lost their licenses last year after being pulled over and blowing a 0.04 or higher BAC over the imposed alcohol limit for truck drivers.
Crete Carrier, the third-party transportation company affiliated with Wal-Mart, was contacted concerning the incident. Wal-Mart was then informed that the driver had been fired over these offenses. Czech has since been charged with third-degree DWI, the second on his record, and has been sentenced to one year in prison at the Morrison County Jail.
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