Driver Flees After Taking Out Pole

Driver Flees After Taking Out Pole

by Kelly Mills on April 15, 2011

An accident Friday evening sent authorities on the search for the vehicles’ driver.

It happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. in the 100-block of Mead Street.

According to Sgt. Chris Phipps with the Zanesville Police Department, a Jeep Grand Cherokee was heading north on Mead at a high rate of speed when it hit a power pole. The crash brought the pole and power lines down on the Jeep. It also caused a transformer on a neighboring street to catch fire.

The ZPD and the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office used a K-9 to track the suspect, but were unable to locate him.

He’s described as a male wearing t-shirt and baggy shorts.

Sgt. Phipps says he’ll likely face charges of failure-to-control and leaving the scene of an accident.

Officials estimate it will take AEP four hours to repair the damage.