22-year-old crashes in Monticello, charged with OWI

Traffic on Hwy. W rerouted due to unstable utility poles, power lines
22-year-old crashes in Monticello, charged with OWI

Officials said a 22-year-old was charged with drunken driving Sunday night after he struck a power pole with his vehicle in the town of Monticello.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department said William P. Blair of Apple River, Illinois, was driving east on County Highway W at about 9:22 p.m. when he lost control and traveled across the roadway into the ditch. He then struck a power pole.

According to the report, Shullsburg EMS treated Blair at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries but he refused medical transport. The 1999 Pontiac Blair was driving sustained extensive damage and was towed from the scene.

The sheriff’s department said traffic on County Highway W had to be rerouted around the accident scene due to the unstable utility poles and power lines.

Blair was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated and failure to control a vehicle.