Mitchell was served the federal order Friday.
During five separate roadside safety inspections within the last nine months, Mitchell, a commercial driver’s license holder, has been cited and taken into custody by law enforcement officers in Arizona, California, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee with either being under the influence of or in possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, according to FMCSA.
During these unannounced safety inspections, Mitchell also was cited for multiple violations of operating a CMV without a valid CDL, multiple records-of-duty status violations and an instance of failing to obey a traffic control device, FMCSA said.
Failure to comply with the provisions of a federal imminent hazard out-of-service order may result in action by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for equitable relief and punitive damages, FMCSA said, adding that civil penalties of up to $1,848 may be assessed for each day a CMV is operated in violation of the order. Knowing and/or willful violation of the order also may result in criminal penalties.
Mitchell also may be subject to a civil penalty enforcement proceeding brought by FMCSA for his violation of the agency’s safety regulations.