JULY 1, 2010

Vehicle hits telephone pole on Michigan Avenue

   On June 26, at approximately 11 p.m., Officer Bill Pollick, Orofino Police Department was dispatched to a possible injury accident in the 500 block of Michigan Ave. When Pollick arrived on scene a red Dodge Neon was positioned on the South side of the road, in the grass area between the road and the sidewalk.  A telephone pole had been struck and was only supported by the wires attached to the pole.

   Clearwater County Deputy Haworth and Orofino Fire Rescue 3 assisted with traffic control until the utility company could arrive to remove the downed wires while Pollick conducted his initial investigation.

   Officer Pollick made contact with the driver of the vehicle; Andreas Bachelez (28) of Pullman, Washington to ascertain if he was injured. Bachelez advised that he did not need an ambulance.  Bachelez advised Officer Pollick that a cat ran into the road in front of him and he swerved to miss it causing him to lose control and strike the utility pole.

   Bachelez was cited for Idaho Code 49-1401(1) Reckless Driving.