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Two wrecks strike utility poles
Two wrecks strike utility poles

St. Robert police inspect damage Tuesday morning after a motorist rolled his SUV and snapped a utility pole.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 16, 2009) — A driver in St. Robert snapped a utility pole in a rollover wreck Tuesday morning.

Lt. Felton Shoemaker of the St. Robert Fire Department said city firefighters, police, and Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel were called to the corner of Houston Road and St. Robert Outer Road about 6:40 a.m. after they received numerous reports of a rollover wreck and damaged power pole. However, after inspection, firefighters determined the utility pole served cable television and telephone wires and didn’t pose an electrical hazard.

The male driver left the scene of the crash before emergency personnel arrived, Shoemaker said, but was later located in a residence near the area.

“It is an unoccupied vehicle; as far as I know, he is down the road being treated by PCAD” (ambulance personnel),” Shoemaker said.

The black Ford Expedition SUV was extensively damaged and landed on its passenger side. A condition report on the passenger wasn’t immediately available and his name was not immediately released.

While bad weather contributed to numerous crashes in and around Pulaski County on Monday, including a wreck on Interstate 44 just east of the Pulaski-Phelps county line that Missouri Department of Transportation personnel said tied up traffic from 7:59 a.m. until 11:43 a.m., only one of the crashes resulted in injuries.

That wreck was a single-vehicle crash at 8:30 a.m. in which Jerry D. Plunkett, 81, of Dixon, was eastbound on Highway 28 about 5.4 miles south of the Dixon city limits in a 1986 Volvo when he slid off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Plunkett, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Dixon Ambulance District personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

His Volvo was totaled and removed by Pro-Tow.

In unrelated incidents, state troopers also reported two Sunday morning arrests:

• Douglas C. Anderson, 30, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was arrested at 12:48 a.m. on charges of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway. Troopers transported him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was subsequently released.

• Jonathan P. Coffelt, 23, of St. Robert, was arrested at 12:58 a.m. on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while his license was suspended, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway, possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Troopers transported him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was subsequently released.

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