Posted by Reblog: Lehigh Valley News.
The 54-year-old is also charged with careless driving, Colonial Regional police say.
Daniel Pfefferie, 54, of Lehigh Street, was driving a blue tractor-trailer about 7:54 p.m. Nov. 18 south on Route 512 near Southland Drive in Hanover Township, Northampton County, when police noticed sparks coming from the landing gear of the trailer, according to a news release.
Pfefferie told officers he forgot to crank up the landing gear, police said. While being questioned, Pfefferie was very talkative and having difficulty engaging the cranking mechanism to raise the gear, police said.
As an officer spoke with Pfefferie, the officer noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the gum-chewing trucker who also had bloodshot eyes, police said.
After field sobriety tests, Pfefferie was taken into custody on suspicion of drunken driving, police said.
Pfefferie told police it’s possible he drank nine to 12 beers after leaving work that morning, the news release said. After “a few hours” of sleep, he returned to work, carrying two unopened beers in his lunch bag, which officers found in the truck, police said.
Pfefferie’s blood alcohol content was 0.10, police said; penalties begin for most drivers at 0.08.
He is charged with careless driving, DUI general impairment and DUI – commercial vehicle, police said. The charges are filed in District Judge James Narlesy’s court, police said.