Lanes had reopened, but officials said Guilford’s big-rig was still stopped on the freeway when a motor coach from the Red Earth casino in Thermal, Calif. came barreling into his tractor-trailer at 76 mph.
Investigators later discovered Guilford was sleep at the wheel with his truck parked, according to the release. He had seven hours of “sleep opportunity” in the 24 hours leading up to the crash. Investigators believe it’s unlikely he slept during that time.
It was determined that between Oct. 19, 2016 and the time of the crash, Guilford had violated 20 hours of service federal regulations, regularly violated driving-time regulations and attempted to hide the violations by falsifying his daily driver’s log.
A $500,000 warrant was taken out on Guilford in the Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force assisted in the arrest.
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