Citation issued after dump truck found to be overweight by 760 pounds

RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A company was issued citations and fined $4,981 after a dump truck was found to be overweight by 760 pounds.

A Deputy with the Racine County Sheriff's Office was patrolling I-94 near Frontage Road around 9:29 a.m. on Thursday when he noticed a 1997 Mack dump truck being driven in the area. The deputy, who was trained on basic truck laws, noted there was an inoperable tail lamp and that the load of stone appeared to be overweight.

A traffic stop was initiated and the truck was moved to the County Highway building.

That's where the deputy found that the steer axle was overweight by 760 pounds and a warning was given for the violation. 

A member of the Wisconsin State Patrol truck enforcement unit came to the stop and conducted a full inspection of this vehicle. During this inspection there were 20 total violations found on this vehicle.

Based on the major violations which included brakes being out service, no working speedometer, brake tubing defective, no proof of annual inspection and a malfunctioning steering system the truck was placed out of service and the operator was told the truck would have to be towed from the stop due to the poor state of repair the truck was in.

The deputy was still patrolling the area around 11:34 a.m. when he saw the truck being driven away from the stop instead of being towed.

He conducted another traffic stop and found the truck was being operated by the owner of the company, not the original driver.

Citations were issued. 

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