DRUNK DRIVER TAKES OUT 2 POLES
AND WALKS AWAY… ERR, STUMBLES AWAYWhile on patrol late Thursday night Elyria Police Officer Rick Walker spotted a 1988 Silver Chevy pick up truck, emitting a large amount of white smoke, traveling westbound on 57 near Cleveland Street. Officer Walker attempted to catch up to the smoking truck but for safety reasons, near zero visibility, he had to keep a safe distance.
Once the truck, driven by Donald Alheit, passed North Abbe Road Officer Walker was able to see the taillights go off the right side of the road then he heard a loud crashing sound. Alheit had struck two light poles sending them crashing down onto the highway. Debris from the light poles hit Walkers car and covered a good portion of the westbound lanes.
Alheit’s truck came to rest in the median strip a short distance away from the crash. Alheit was able to exit the truck on his own. Officer Walker approached Alheit to make sure he was ok and although he had a few bumps and bruises he refused any medical treatment.
Elyria Firefighters were called to the scene due to the large amount of smoke coming from the truck. Police also dispatched LifeCare Paramedics to the scene to evaluate Alheit; he again refused any treatment or transport.
Police have charged Alheit with Reasonable Control, Excessive Blood Alcohol Content (1.66) and Possession of Marijuana.
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