06-09-08 Two Arrested for Commercial Vehicle Violations; May be Connected to Paving Complaints
Boise, June 9, 2008 - Boise Police have arrested two men, one for DUI, both on violations of Idaho's Commercial Vehicle Code, and officers say the pair is also under investigation for any connection they may have to transient unregistered asphalt pavers responsible for several citizen complaints throughout the Treasure Valley.
Arrested: David Andreasson, 28, Tempe AZ
Charges: DUI (m), Driving without a Commercial Vehicle License (m)
Arrested: George J. Stanley, 28, Lehigh, FL
Charges: Driving Without Privileges (m), 10 DOT (state commercial vehicle code) violations, including 6 serious violations (m)
What Happened: Approx. 8:30 a.m. this morning, a Boise Police Officer with special training in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement spotted a dump truck pulling a flatbed trailer with paving equipment. The trailer had no operating turn signals and a light out. As the officer approached the vehicle, he could smell alcohol on the drivers breath. After further investigation, the driver of the truck, Andreasson, was arrested for DUI and not having the a Commercial Vehicle License, as required by law to drive such a vehicle.
Second Arrest: Investigating officers had the driver contact the owner of the dump truck and paving equipment to take possession of it. When the owner, identified as Stanley showed up, officers found he was driving on a suspended out of state driver's license. As the truck and equipment owner, he was also cited for ten violations of the Idaho state commercial vehicle code. Among other problems, officers found the truck to be operating without proper brakes or brake pads, no turn signals, and without the proper equipment to secure it's load. The truck is registered in New Hampshire.
Paving Complaints: Boise Police will work with officers from other local police agencies in investigating any connection this case may have to reports of possible paving fraud throughout the valley (see news release issued by Ada County Sheriff's Office at adasheriff.org).
According to reports, the claim to have asphalt leftover from a previous job and offer to sell it to the victim at a 'bargain price' if they pay for work to begin immediately, only to find driveway resurfacing would have been superior in quality and less expensive in price if done by an established local company. In other cases, homeowners were quoted one price, but the final cost is double or triple the quoted amount.
Officers want to alert citizens who may be contacted at their home by workers claiming to have materials to immediately do paving work, to research the company before agreeing to do business with them. Idaho law requires all contractors to register with the State. Workers must be able to present proof of that registration to potential customers upon request. Operating without the required registration is a misdemeanor that can result in jail time and fines. Citizens may also contact the Better Business Bureau to investigate a company before agreeing to do business.