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Fife police arrest man accused of plowing down telephone pole while under the influence

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on May 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
May 28, 2013 10:45 pm

The 48-year-old man had heroin in his pocket, meth and other peoples’ credit cards in his glovebox and a suspended license when Fife police stopped him, according to court documents.

Officers might not have noticed any of that if he hadn’t been accused of running into a telephone pole with his car, knocking it over.

He pleaded not guilty to various charges in court Tuesday.

According to court records:

The man was under the influence of alcohol when he drove a truck into the utility pole Friday. Witnesses said the truck went into the oncoming lane and crashed into the pole, and that the driver and a passenger got out, freed the vehicle and left.

The suspect was found nearby trying to repair damage to the body of a truck fitting the description given by witnesses.

His license was suspended at the time, and he did not have an ignition interlock device in the truck that he was supposed to, which would have required him to blow under the legal limit of .08 for the vehicle to start.

He had needles in his pocket and had used heroin as recently as an hour before, he told police with slurred speech and glassy eyes.

A pill container on his person contained heroin and a baggie in his glovebox carried methamphetamine.

A wallet in the compartment contained checks, credit cards and other documents that belonged to other people.

His bail was set at $30,000.

He pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, failing to have an interlock ignition device, third-degree driving while in suspended or revoked status, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and duty on striking property (for failing to notify the proper authorities of the crash).

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