Updated Oct. 23, 2012 – 3:05 p.m.
Brookfield police last week issued six traffic citations to a Riverside man who allegedly drove a Ford Econoline van into a utility pole and traffic control box in the 9100 block of 31st Street on Oct. 17 at about 3:10 p.m.
Scott Collins, 31, of Riverside, was given tickets for leaving the scene of an accident, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, driving on the sidewalk, driving the wrong way down a one-way street and having no proof of insurance.
He was not charged with driving under the influence despite reportedly admitting drinking three beers prior to the crash. Collins left the scene and police were unable to interview him until several hours after the incident.
Initially, according to police, Collins said someone else was driving the van and that he was a passenger. The following day, he reportedly admitted being the sole person in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
After telling police he “blacked out” and couldn’t remember the crash, he later told police that he remembered hitting the utility pole and then blacking out, according to the police report.
The crash caused two utility poles to fall into the street, one of them striking two vehicles on Maple Avenue. No one was injured, but power was cut to the surrounding area and the intersection of Maple Avenue and 31st Street was closed for three hours as emergency personnel and utility company crews cleared the scene.
One witness told police that she saw the van leave the parking lot of the Cordial Inn, 9207 31st St., and then head east – half on the roadway and half on the parkway. After crossing Maple Avenue, the van hit the utility pole on the southeast corner, knocking it into 31st Street, and then struck a metal traffic control box, pushing it down the sidewalk, across the alley and into the backyard fence of the home at 3100 Elm Avenue.
The van then drove away southbound through the alley between Maple and Elm avenues, according to witnesses.
Meanwhile, the force of the crash snapped the base of the utility pole on the northwest corner of Maple and 31st, and caused it to fall across Maple Avenue and onto the rear bed of a pickup truck and the front of a white work van waiting at the stoplight in the southbound lanes of traffic.