Truck driver arrested twice in same weekend in Rantoul

URBANA — The driver of a Wal-Mart semitrailer truck is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $75,000 bond following two separate arrests in Rantoul over the weekend.

Herbert Arthur Strain, 58, who listed an address in Overland Park, Kan., was charged on Monday with receiving, possessing or selling a stolen vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving 15 to 20 mph above the speed limit, disobeying a traffic control device, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Strain is scheduled back in court on Feb. 11.

According to Rantoul Police Chief Paul Farber, officers were called to Wal-Mart, 845 Broadmeadow Road, at 10:45 p.m. Saturday after Wal-Mart employees expressed concern about a truck driver who had delivered a load to the store that evening.

The employees told police they thought the driver, later identified as Strain, was intoxicated.

After Strain made his delivery, Strain later returned to the store and did not know he had already been there earlier that evening, according to Farber.

The report said the employees could smell the odor of alcohol on Strain’s breath.

Police stopped Strain in the Wal-Mart parking lot and took him to the police station, where Strain took a blood-alcohol test.

Officers arrested him for DUI and took Strain to the Champaign County Jail, where he posted bond and was released.

Farber said that Strain then got a ride back to Wal-Mart, got back into the Wal-Mart truck and spent time in it.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, a tow truck showed up to tow the truck away for Wal-Mart, but Strain was still in the truck.

After the tow truck driver and Strain got into a disagreement, Strain drove away with the truck, leading the tow truck driver to call police.

According to Farber, Rantoul police spotted the truck in the 900 block of Pacesetter Drive on the former Chanute Air Force Base and displayed lights, indicating that Strain should pull over.

Farber said that Strain initially sped away from police before stopping and getting out of the truck.

When Strain got out of the truck, Farber said, a police officer could smell alcohol on Strain’s breath.

Police arrested Strain a second time and took him back to the county jail.

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TWade wrote on December 10, 2013 at 11:12 am

Was this a Walmart driver or a driver that pulls a Walmart trailer but works for one of the company contractors that pulls grocery loads or GM loads when needed. 

Tim Mitchell wrote on December 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Thank you for your comment. I have called Police Chief Paul Farber, who told me that police have no information as to whether the driver was a Wal-Mart employee or an employee of a contractor that provides deliveries for Wal-Mart.

Tim Mitchell wrote on December 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Police Chief Paul Farber just called me back. He talked to Wal-Mart, who told him that the man was an independent contractor who was making deliveries for Wal-Mart.