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Drunk Tractor-Trailer Driver Was Over Eight Times The Legal Limit In Albany Area

Thomas Wiegers from Woodbridge, New Jersey was driving his 18 wheeler up the thruway on Sunday evening, drunk.

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According to a story in the Times Union, New York State Police received a call about a tractor-trailer driving wildly near Bethlehem by exit 22, just south of Albany.

Wiegers was given several field sobriety tests which he failed, and was charged with aggravated DWI of a commercial vehicle. He was sent to Albany County Jail. A test showed that he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.35 percent, which is eight times the legal limit for commercial drivers. Their limit is 0.04 percent and for a noncommercial license it’s 0.08 percent.

The Albany County Stop DWI coordinator is Lt. Kerry Thompson. He said that “if we found someone on the street with that much to drink, we would immediately take them to the hospital. I don’t know how anyone could stand, how anyone could see at that point.”

Wiegers was in route to deliver food to a Walmart in Massachusetts from Commercial Transport in Shrewsbury, N.J. He already has had nine violations on his driving record. Two of those are for driving under the influence.

This brought to mind about another drunk truck driver that was arrested in Colonie, a few weeks ago. I don’t know about you, but when I hear about things like this, it scares the hell out of me. I would just like to add that I know a lot of people that have commercial driver’s licenses and take their responsibilities very seriously. They probably would want to take care these irresponsible drivers in their own way.

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