Trucker jailed for days after he couldn't pay fine is freed

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Posted: Apr 16, 2015 3:14 PM

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Florida truck driver jailed for days in Pennsylvania because he couldn't pay a portion of the $17,000 fine he got for driving an overweight rig has been released.

Fifty-six-year-old Francisco Amarales-Amarales, of Hialeah, had been jailed since Saturday. Court and Washington County Jail records show he paid $8,500 and was freed Thursday.

Canonsburg police say he was trying to deliver gas drilling pipe on a rural road in neighboring Cecil Township but wound up driving his 40-ton rig onto a borough street with a 10-ton limit.

Police say the whole thing might have been avoided if the trucker had used a better GPS device.

A. J. Logistics Transport Inc., of Concord, North Carolina, didn't return calls for comment.