DMV Arrests Truck Driver after he is found to be a wanted fugitive from the State of Texas.
Tuesday evening May 28, 2019, DMV's Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit was conducting a truck inspection detail on Interstate 91 in the Town of Putney in Windham County. At 3:10 P.M. a tractor-trailer truck from Matrix Distribution LLC., of Scottsdale, AZ was stopped by a DMV Inspector for inspection. The Inspector approached the tractor-trailer truck and detected a moderate odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. This tractor-trailer combination is registered to operate at a weight of 80,000 pounds on state and interstate highways.
The driver, Alex Nuncio, age 30, of Houston, TX admitted to consuming two packages of marijuana approximately two days prior to the inspection in the truck cab. During a consent search of the vehicle, two empty containers bearing warning labels for THC were located next to the driver's compartment. Federal regulations prohibit operators of commercial vehicles from using or possessing marijuana in such a vehicle.
The Inspector, who is a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), did not observe any indicators that Nuncio was impaired at the time of the stop. All Vermont DMV Commercial Vehicle Inspectors are certified to conduct Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARID E) screenings and three Inspectors are DRE's.
A license check revealed that Nuncio had an active arrest warrant with full extradition in the State of Texas for violation of probation following a conviction for felony theft. Nuncio was transported to the Vermont State Police Westminster Station for processing. Nuncio was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Center for lack of $10,000 bail and will be arraigned in Windham Superior Court - Criminal Division today. Vermont State Troopers and staff at the Westminster Station assisted DMV personnel with this incident.