OSSIPEE — On Tuesday at approximately 7:19 a.m., Trooper First Class Seth Turner of New Hampshire State Police Troop G was conducting commercial motor vehicle enforcement in the town of Ossipee when he observed a 2018 Chevrolet box truck operating along Route 25 without displaying a U.S. Department of Transportation number.
Turner stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Juan Yupangui, 39, of Ecuador.
During the course of a commercial motor vehicle inspection, Turner learned that Yupangui did not possess a valid driver’s license, that his driving privileges were suspended, that he was unable to communicate in English as required of commercial motor vehicle operators, and that he was not medically qualified to drive the vehicle. Turner also located four individuals in the cargo area of the truck who were not wearing required seatbelts.
The vehicle was ultimately placed out of service and prohibited from operating further, as it had a tire that was so worn that the cords were exposed, both sets of dual tires on the rear axle were coming into contact with each other and the vehicle did not have warning devices on its projecting load.
The vehicle was also found to have another tire that had a tread depth worn to less than 1/32 of inch, the antilock braking system was not functioning properly, the company name and U.S. DOT number were not displayed, the fire extinguisher was unsecured, and the company had failed to correct defects cited in a previous commercial motor vehicle inspection.
Yupangui was placed out of service and prohibited from driving a commercial motor vehicle any further as the result of a being a disqualified driver as well as failing to keep required records of his driving duty status. Yupangui was issued a summons for operating after suspension.
While Turner was conducting the commercial motor vehicle inspection, the owner of the company that Yupangui was working for arrived on the scene driving a 2017 Ford F-350. The owner was identified as Juan Quizhpi, 26, of Haverhill, Mass.
Troopers observed that the commercial motor vehicle that Quizhpi was driving also failed to display the company name or a United States Department of Transportation New Hampshire State Police Number.
Trooper Kevin Raymond of State Police Troop G subsequently conducted a commercial motor vehicle inspection and found that the vehicle did not have proof of an annual inspection, did not have a fire extinguisher on board, and that the company had failed to correct defects cited in a previous commercial motor vehicle inspection.
Quizhpi was placed out of service and prohibited from driving a commercial motor vehicle when it was discovered that he did not have his medical certification in his possession after having been previously cited.
Quizhpi was issued a summons for not possessing his medical certificate as well as allowing an improper person to drive. He was ordered to appear in the 3rd Circuit, District Division, Ossipee Court on Feb. 19.
As Troopers were conducting the inspections on Quizhpi's and Yupangui's vehicles, they learned that they were completing work for Ruck Roofing Corp. Despite troopers instructing Quizhpi and Yupangui not to have Ruck Roofing Corp. come to the inspection location, Andrew Averill, age 48, of Hollis, Maine, drove a 2018 GMC Sierra owned by Ruck Roofing Corp. to the scene.
Troopers observed that the GMC was also not properly marked with the company’s name, and Trooper David Skelly of State Police Troop G conducted a commercial motor vehicle inspection. Averill was issued a summons as well as placed out of service and prohibited from driving a commercial motor vehicle when it was discovered that he too did not have his medical certification in his possession after having been previously cited. The vehicle was placed out of service for operating in violation of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Operational Out of Service Order. Ruck Roofing Corp. was summonsed to appear in the 3rd Circuit, District Division, Ossipee Court on Feb. 19.
Ultimately, all three vehicles were towed from the scene.
Members of Troop G are highly skilled troopers who have received specialized training to conduct roadside inspections of commercial motor vehicles. The New Hampshire State Police was assisted by U.S. Immigrations Customs and the Ossipee Police Department.