WOODLAND, Calif. — A California trucker has paid the ultimate price for deciding to dump the oil from his engine into a storm drain here late last month.
Muhammad Ibnan Khalid, 29, of Woodland was arrested for a felony violation of the California Penal Code, two Woodland municipal code violations and a violation of the California Fish and Game code, according to a story in the Woodland Daily Diamond.
In addition to any jail or prison time associated with a conviction, the Fish and Game Code allows for a civil penalty of not more $25,000 for the violation as well as the allowable recovery of any costs from the responsible party incurred as a result of the cleanup or abatement.
Sgt. Jason Brooks told the newspaper that a Woodland resident on break from his place of employment saw a tractor with a garden hose coming from the engine compartment going to a storm drain.
Woodland police and fire officials went to the scene and determined that indeed Khalid had emptied oil from the truck’s engine into the storm drain.
Brooks told the paper that officials called the Environmental Operations Branch of the city of Woodland's Public Works department and a compliance specialist was able to determine that the engine crankcase of the 2000 Freightliner tractor had a capacity of approximately 30 quarts of motor oil.
Officials inspected the crankcase and found it was empty.
In addition, police found approximately eight one gallon-sized containers (32 quarts) of new motor oil within the cab, the paper said
Police seized the Freightliner as evidence and placed it into storage for later examination by officials of the California Highway Patrol.
"Enforcement officials from the Yolo County District Attorney's Office are working closely with all involved agencies to ensure that a thorough investigation is completed for a successful prosecution in this case," Brooks told the newspaper.
Officials with Yolo County environmental services pumped the oil from the drain, but it could not be determined just how much they retrieved.
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