Tractor- trailer driver arrested after accident, no valid license

Published 4:56 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2018

At approximately 12:45 a.m. Monday morning, a tractor trailer overturned on the Highway 84 Bypass near the West Shotwell Street exit, where the driver arrested for driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain lane.

A passer by saw the accident, and called in Bainbridge Public Safety. Captain Terry Pait responded, along with other members of BPS and secured the safety of the driver. They then turned over the scene to Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Transportation to help get temporary guardrails put in place.

Captain Jack Bunting said it is rare to see a tractor- trailer driver with a suspended license. However, during this season many companies are short on drivers and some are willing to take the risk.

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Bunting explained that this particular accident will be damaging to the tractor-trailer’s company and a very expensive incident that took place. The guardrails the accident took down can cost $2,000 a section, and with all the different responders who had to come could cost up to $12,000.

The guardrails usually take up to two weeks to replace, but Bunting explained with the weather they cannot fix the road or guardrails any time soon.

While it is unusual for a tractor-trailer driver to be arrested for license violations during an accident, Bunting said they often have to arrest people at the scene of an accident for various things.

The driver was uninjured and taken away on the two violations. Bunting asks everyone stay safe and remember the rules of the road this season.