Impaired driving suspected in Liberty crash after driver hit utility pole

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The driver was unconscious but had a pulse and was transported to the hospital

LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) – Police suspect a driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he plowed into a utility pole by Mansell and Cardinal drives in Liberty.

The crash happened around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The driver was unconscious but had a pulse when police arrived, according to dispatch records. Crews transported the driver to St. Elizabeth Health Center with a suspected serious injury, though his current condition is unknown.

A witness told WKBN that he saw the man driving erratically before the crash. He said he swerved into someone’s yard and hit a mailbox and a pole before continuing to drive past the Cardinal Kiddie College, where he hit the utility pole.

A police report for the crash listed drug and/or alcohol use as a suspected factor in the crash. The driver was given a blood test, and charges may be pending.

The 43-year-old Liberty man has past OVI and open container in a motor vehicle charges, according to court records.

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