Police: Driver knocks down pole, gets DWI
GREEN FOREST -- A 21-year-old Green Forest Man is in custody after police say he crashed his car into a utility pole on CR 916 and then fled the scene along with two passengers.
According to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the driver, identified as Victor Badillo of Green Forest, crashed a black Mitsubishi into an electrical pole on Carroll County Road 916 late Friday afternoon and fled the scene. He was driving drunk, police said.
The car struck the pole with such force that it broke it in half, but no power was lost.
The three men were later caught by sheriff's deputies, with the assistance of the Green Forest Police Department.
"I found one man at his home and he was taken into custody by the sheriff's department," said Green Forest Police Chief John Bailey. "The other two were picked up near CR 938 and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries."
The names of the two passengers were not released. Two men with the same address as Badillo were arrested and charged with obstructing government operations, but as of press time it was unclear whether they were passengers in the vehicle.
Badillo has been charged with driving while intoxicated, fleeing the scene of an injury accident, reckless driving, failure to report an accident, operating an unsafe vehicle and assault in the second degree. He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.