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Alleged Drunk Driver Hits Pole, Injures Police Officer

A car driven by a 56-year-old Lawrence man who police allege was intoxicated at the time hit a utility pole early Saturday, causing the pole to topple and a wire from the pole to damage a township police car and injure the police officer inside it.

A Lawrence Township man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving early this morning (Saturday, Nov. 17) after he crashed his car into a utility pole, toppling the pole and, in the process, damaging the police car of the officer who was just about to stop the suspect’s vehicle, according to township police.

Officer Scott Stein was on patrol about 12:40 a.m. today when he spotted the 2003 Nissan Altima operated by Carl Shangle, 56, allegedly traveling at a “high rate of speed” going south along Federal City Road, Sgt. Tim Drew said.

He said Stein followed the Nissan, intending to pull it over. But before the officer could initiate the traffic stop, he said, Shangle lost control of the Nissan while rounding a curve in the roadway, not far from the intersection with Denow Road.

Shangle’s Nissan crashed into a utility pole, snapping the pole and causing it to fall, Drew said. He said a guy-wire from the falling pole whipped around and struck Stein’s police car.

The police car was damaged and was taken out of service for repairs, Drew said. He said Stein suffered minor injuries in the accident but did not require hospitalization and later returned to duty.

Shangle, meanwhile, also suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital as a precaution, he said, noting that the Nissan sustained significant damage and had to be towed from the scene to the police impound yard.

He said Shangle was charged with driving under the influence, assault by auto and related offenses.

 

Sanriobaby November 17, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Glad to hear that this officer will be okay, along with that idiotic drunk driver. It's truly a miricle that this man didn't kill himself or someone else. He should be forced to pay for all the damages to the police vehicle along with the repair of the utility pole too. There is NEVER an excuse for drunk driving...
Morning Dew November 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Amazing! Excellent reporting! Thanks.
David Smith November 19, 2012 at 12:41 AM
When will these people stop getting behind the wheel drunk? It's safe to say our laws sure aren't working. Maybe it's time for more than six months to a year suspension.

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