A New Jersey man has been charged with DUID after the tractor-trailer he was driving went through a highway sign and over an embankment Friday in Lambsburg, causing Interstate 77 traffic to back up for several hours.
According to Virginia State Police Trooper R.B. Phipps, the accident occurred Friday at 2:45 p.m. at the .4 mile marker in Lambsburg on I-77 South. Phipps said Jermaine Penckney, 34, of Bayonne, New Jersey was driving a 2006 Freightliner south on I-77 when he ran off the road to the right, hit the guardrail, and then hit a highway sign before going down an embankment. While the trailer dislodged at the top of the bank at the highway sign, the cab continued on down the embankment for a couple of hundred feet.
“He cleaned out the ditch-line pretty good,” Phipps said.
Phipps said he charged Penckney with reckless driving and DUID, which he said could be driving under the influence of drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol. Phipps said Penckney was transported to Northern Hospital of Surry County for minor injuries.
“He was very incoherent,” Phipps said.
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