According to OSP, alcohol may have played a role in a crash involving an overturned tractor trailer. The truck driver is now facing multiple charges and this isn’t the first time he’s been arrested.
Troopers say 55-year-old Timmy Gibbs should have never been behind the wheel when his truck overturned, spilling hundreds of bags of mulch across the road. Police say he was drunk and driving on a suspended license.
An overturned semi caused a major traffic hazard this week in Piqua. When the driver, 55-year-old Timmy Gibbs, attempted to turn on the ramp to I-75 southbound from U.S. 36 his tractor overturned, spilling hundreds of pounds of mulch across the road.
No one was injured, but OSP Sgt. Dallas Root says when people, like Gibbs, are behind the wheel, everyone is put at risk.
“People have diminished abilities to make reasonable sound judgments,” Sgt. Root said. “They have issues with depth perception. They have issues with divided attention skills.”
Gibbs is now being charged with an OVI, driving under a suspended license, and failure to control a vehicle. According to the crash report, Gibbs was driving for the company Evans Farms out of New Carlisle.
“You’re having him drive a weapon or a missile down the road,” Sgt. Root said. “That weighs 80 to 100,000 pounds, it’s not just going to cause damage to one vehicle. It could be causing damage to 2 and 3 and 4 other vehicles.”
This isn’t the first time Gibbs has been caught driving under the influence. In 2013, he was found guilty of an OVI after being arrested by St. Paris Police.
“You’re going to kill yourself,” Sgt. Root said. “You’re going to kill other people. You’re going to cause injury and mayhem and essentially that’s what we want to stop.”
2 NEWS made attempts to reach out to Gibbs and his employer Evans Farms for comment, but our calls went unanswered.
Gibbs was released from custody Monday after Troopers say he refused a field sobriety test and a blood test at the hospital.
No word yet on when he’ll be in court on the charges.