July 9, 2014                        

Press Release 2014-08

For Immediate Release

DMV Stops Truck Driver For Possession Of Marijuana While Operating A Commercial Motor Vehicle 

DMV Inspectors Discover Truck Driver In Possession Of Marijuana

Montpelier – Tuesday evening July 8, 2014 DMV’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit was conducting a Commercial Vehicle Safety Check Point on I-91 southbound in Hartford. Inspectors were focused on checking for driver impairment due to alcohol, drugs and fatigue.  At 9:22 P.M. a tractor trailer truck from Agri-Mark, Inc., of Montpelier, VT entered the detail. Inspector Genevieve Paul approached the tractor trailer truck and detected a very strong order of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  

The driver Brendan Dolan, age 51, of South Burlington, VT initially denied having any marijuana in the commercial motor vehicle. A drug detection canine responded to the scene and alerted on the 80,000 lbs tractor trailer. During a consent search inspectors discovered a sandwich bag with just under one ounce of marijuana and a glass pipe with marijuana residue on it. 

Additionally, at the time of the stop Dolan was carrying a kit that would enable him to produce an artificial drug free urine sample if he was selected for a random drug test.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates that all commercial vehicle drivers be subject to mandatory random drug screenings which are done by collecting a sample of the driver’s urine.  Dolan stated he has been carrying the kit since 2008.  

Inspector Paul, a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), screened Dolan for impairment and based upon her observations determined that Dolan was not impaired under Vermont law for DUI -Drugs.  All DMV Commercial Vehicle Inspectors are certified to conduct Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) screenings.

As a result of this stop Dolan was placed out of service (unable to drive a commercial motor vehicle) for 24 consecutive hours for being in possession of drugs. Dolan was issued three Vermont Civil Violation Complaints totaling $1,176 for driving without corrective lens, false log book, exceeding the permitted hours for driving/on-duty, and possession of drugs while operating a commercial motor vehicle. The truck and trailer were removed from the weigh station by Sabil and Sons Towing. 

Lt Adam Pockette (802) 793-9093 cell       
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles -Enforcement & Safety Division
120 State Street, Rm 305 Montpelier, VT 05603-0001
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