ELYRIA – A man was arrested early this morning on OVI charges after police say he struck an electric pole, causing it to break, and kept going.
Donald George, 41, of Michigan Avenue, told police he had been drinking and knew he hit something, but was unsure of what, according to a police report.
Officers were on patrol near Prospect Street around 2 a.m. when they heard a loud cracking and snapping sound followed be the a vehicle accelerating. Seconds later, a pickup truck going “at a high rate of speed” with heavy front end damage blew through the stop sign on Prospect Street, drove onto the grass and went through another stop sign at Stanford Avenue “without even slowing,” the report said.
Police pulled George over and saw the front of his pickup had wood splinters stuck to the damaged area. At the same time, a call came into police dispatch that a pickup truck had struck a telephone pole on Fairlawn Avenue between Cambridge and Princeton avenues. The pole was severed and hanging by the guy wire, the report said.
Officer said George fell getting out of his truck for a field sobriety test, stumbled trying to walk and missed letters while attempting to say the alphabet.
George was charged with OVI and released to a sober person. Ohio Edison was called to repair the pole.
This story has been edited to reflect the following correction: Donald George was misidentified.