Driving a school bus full of kids and/or a truck full of flammable liquid should be challenge enough for anyone. But some drivers with commercial licenses apparently like to take risks with their lives and the lives of others. How else can you explain the fact that they drive with enough alcohol in their bloodstream to be liable for arrest for DUI in Los Angeles?
The California Highway Patrol calls the arrest of 46-year-old Charles Foster a “disaster averted.” Foster was behind the wheel of a truck pulling two tankers of gasoline on Highway 101 near the Citrus Fair ramp when the CHP responded to calls from motorists concerned about the way his truck was veering from lane to lane. When Officer Mike Phennicie caught up with Foster and signaled him to stop, the trucker pulled his vehicle onto the sidewalk instead of the shoulder of the road.
After observing the trucker and talking with him, Officer Phennicie determined that Foster was operating the vehicle under the combined influence of methamphetamine, prescription pain killers and a muscle relaxer. Imagine the damage that the 8,500 gallons of gasoline could have done if Foster had hit another vehicle or run into some structure!