DATE: Sunday, November 19, 2017
SUBJECT: Intoxicated Motorist Downs Power Pole, Disrupts Service to East Side Residents
CONTACT: Lieutenant Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding  

An intoxicated motorist downed a utility pole late Saturday night, disrupting power to east side residents.

On Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:36 PM the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash with possible injuries in the 8200 block of Spry Road. Once on-scene, deputies observed a white Ford Transport van off the south side of the roadway. The vehicle had struck a utility pole, causing the pole to break in half and come to rest on top of the vehicle. Due to the electrical hazard, Vectren crews were summoned to the scene to disconnect electrical power prior to the driver being removed.

The driver, later identified as Mr. Darrell Curtis Huff, was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The investigating deputy observed that Mr. Huff appeared intoxicated, but he refused to consent to a blood alcohol test offered by the deputy. Mr. Huff was later released from the hospital and booked in the Vanderburgh County Jail on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated with Test Refusal.

Vectren advised the damage to the utility pole knocked out power to several homes in the area. Additional neighborhoods on the east side lost power for a short period of time when Vectren disconnected power to the area so that repairs could be safely effected.


Darrell Curtis Huff (pictured above), 59, of Evansville. Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated as a Class A Misdemeanor with Test Refusal, Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated as a Class C Misdemeanor

Pictured above: Crash scene on Spry Road east of Fuquay Road. (Photo altered to remove business name from side of vehicle.)

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