Sheriff: Drunken driver strikes electric pole, causes small fire

Driver receives multiple citations including going armed while intoxicated

A Belleville man was charged with drunken driving after he allegedly crashed into a pole causing a small fire Friday.

The Green County Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded to a report of a crash on the W1600 block of County Road C in the town of Brooklyn at 4:26 p.m.

The sheriff’s department said 32-year-old Alex J. Hady was headed west when he lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway from the right shoulder, entered the ditch and struck an electrical pole, breaking it off.

The downed wires had started a tree on fire, according to the report. While Hady was speaking with deputies, he reportedly fell and hit his head. Hady was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, going armed while intoxicated and transporting a loaded firearm.

The sheriff’s department said while an ambulance was taking Hady to an area hospital, he became disorderly with EMS staff. Hady received three more charges of disorderly conduct while he was at the hospital.

Green County sheriff’s deputy Dani Jackson said Hady was cited for failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle. He was jailed for disorderly conduct charges, posted bond and was released to a responsible party pending a court appearance.

According to the report, Hady told authorities he was wearing seat belt and was not injured in the crash. The airbag did not deploy.

Jackson said the vehicle sustained severe driver’s side damage and was towed from the scene.