Police: Man Charged With DUI After Striking Utility Pole In Newark, Road Closed For 10 Hours

On Sunday, August 5, 2018, at approximately 3:29 a.m. the Newark Police responded to Ritter Lane for a report of a vehicle collision into a city utility pole, according to Sgt. Gerald Byrda.

Byrda said responding officers observed that a single vehicle had left the roadway and crashed into a utility pole, causing it to snap in half.

The vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene. The driver of the vehicle was not injured but officers could detect that he appeared intoxicated, according to Byrda.

The driver, 24-year-old Ryan Cummings of Newark was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence, Driving Off of the Roadway and No Proof of Insurance.

Cummings was later released pending a court date in Newark Alderman’s Court #40. Ritter Lane was closed for approximately ten hours, so city crews could repair the pole.

Breaking Report

Newark – Just after 7:30 this morning the Newark Police posted a traffic alert on their Twitter account ” Ritter Lane is closed between Orchard Rd and Townsend Rd due to a motor vehicle crash with a downed electric pole. City electric crews are on scene. The road will be closed for an extended period of time as crews work to repair the pole.”

No injuries were reported by police.