OREGON - Oregon State Police arrested a commercial truck driver for DUI and other traffic-related offenses Friday afternoon following a reported citizen's driving complaint on Interstate 84 east of La Grande.
The 41-year-old driver, Sukhvir Singh Deol, had a blood alcohol content level more than seven times the legal limit for commercial truck drivers in Oregon, and it was the second time the driver was arrested for DUI in the last three days.
Troopers were dispatched after being notified of a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer traveling westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 278 failing to drive within a single lane and at varying speeds. Trooper Dan Routt responded from the La Grande area and contacted the reporting person via cell phone. The tipster kept the trooper updated on the truck's location.
Near milepost 275, the truck and trailer drove off of the freeway into a ditch, damaging two fog markers. After briefly stopping, it continued westbound. The trooper located the 2014 Peterbilt truck near milepost 273 and attempted to stop it. The driver, from Surrey, British Columbia, failed to yield for one and half miles and continued to fail to drive within a single lane. The driver finally stopped near milepost 271.
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When the trooper attempted contact with Deol, he slipped into the truck's sleeper berth for a brief time before emerging to speak to the officer. The investigation led to his arrest for DUI, reckless driving, failure to perform the duties of a driver involving property damage crash, failure to carry and present a license, failure to drive within a single lane and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
Troopers also learned Deol was arrested June 3 by a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper in Sweetwater County for DUI while operating a commercial truck.
The Oregon State Police encourage motorists to report erratic driving behavior and are always grateful for tipsters, like the one who reported the trucker then followed him and kept police informed of his location until troopers could arrive.