Semi driver arrested for DUI after truck flips in Bordeaux - WKRN News 2

Semi driver arrested for DUI after truck flips in Bordeaux

Posted: Updated: Jun 17, 2014 04:49 PM
James Ledford, 55, was arrested for DUI early Tuesday morning after flipping his truck. James Ledford, 55, was arrested for DUI early Tuesday morning after flipping his truck.
The crash happened off Briley Parkway near County Hospital Road in Bordeaux. The crash happened off Briley Parkway near County Hospital Road in Bordeaux.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A tractor trailer driver arrested for DUI early Tuesday morning in Bordeaux had a blood alcohol level six times the legal limit, court records indicate.

James Ledford, 55, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was arrested after he rolled his 18-wheeler off Briley Parkway near County Hospital Road just after Midnight.

Ledford had minor cuts, but refused medical attention.

According to his arrest affidavit, Ledford’s blood alcohol content was .24, six times the legal limit of .04 for operators of commercial vehicles.

According to the affidavit, he admitted to drinking “vodka on the rocks” before getting behind the wheel.

Ledford was booked into the Metro jail on $2,500 bond.

Ledford’s truck, which was believed to be hauling flowers, did not spill its load.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation assisted Metro police while the right lane was closed during cleanup.

According to his arrest report Ledford works for Pleasant Valley Farm in Van Buren, Arkansas. News 2 called the business for comment, but a woman who answered the phone said they have no comment about his arrest.

A check of the farm’s driving safety record through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration did not show any previous safety violations.

A request to Arkansas for Ledford’s driving record from that state was not immediately answered.

Jim Camp with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said finding driving records for truck drivers can be difficult because they can be cited for violations in multiple states.

“There is a problem nationwide of monitoring whether or not a driver has a valid driver license,” Camp said. “A particularly problem driver may obtain a driver license in Arkansas, in Tennessee, Michigan, New York or New Jersey.”

He said Ledford may not have done that, but it’s a challenge for law enforcement.  Camp trains law enforcement officers and prosecutors how to successfully prosecute drunk drivers.

"A huge vehicle like that is literally a lethal weapon,” Camp said. "Someone driving a lethal weapon with that blood alcohol concentration is going to kill someone."


Ledford is due back in court June 18 at Noon.
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