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Driver Has Long List of Infractions

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Even before Clark Christian was charged with manslaughter, he was issued traffic citations for the accident that killed Megan Shoal.

However those tickets were far from unique for Christensen who's home is Shelley, Idaho.

Shaun Sipma has more on Christensen's history of offenses behind the wheel.

57 year old Clark Christensen of Shelley, Idaho has had a long list of traffic violations that spanned more than a decade, many of which related directly to unsafe driving.

In Christensen's home state of Idaho, where he is listed as an owner operator of Christensen Farms and Trucking, he has been cited over the past dozen years for everything from speeding to operating a rig when its unsafe or improperly equipped.

Failing to provide proof of insurance surfaced several times, driving with an expired license to basic rules violations.

Christensen business's main shipping region according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Immediate access to Christensen's driving record for his region was only available in his home state.

In North Dakota one month before the accident Clark Christensen was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana, the Paraphernalia charge was dismissed in Municipal court.

Following the fatal crash, the citations included multiple Out of Service Violations and No Prior Annual Inspection for a Commercial Motor Vehicle.

It hasn't been released yet why Clark Christensen was in North Dakota although Christensen's Facebook page indicates that he had been looking for employment in North Dakota's oil patch.

State Highway Patrol Officer Joshua Anderson says it's not uncommon for commercial drivers to have citations but they are held to higher standards for not only following the traffic laws but for maintaining their equipment.

(Joshua Anderson, ND Highway Patrol) "Drivers are supposed to do daily inspection reports on their equipment. The equipment also has to pass annual vehicle inspections once a year. Companies are also responsible for the day to day operations of that equipment to make sure it is in safe operating condition."

The sobering reality that in the hustle and bustle of an economic boom that lives are at stake on the road and disregard for safety can and has ended in tragedy.

In Minot, Shaun Sipma KX News.

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