NEWPORT — Police have arrested and charged a Newport man following a crash early Sunday morning.
At around 1:15 a.m. police say they came upon fallen telephone pole wires which led them to the scene of a crash involving a motor vehicle into a telephone pole near Union Street and Prouty Drive.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Ryan Brewster, 32, of Newport, was charged with a second offense of driving under the influence, gross negligent operation, criminal refusal and false information to law enforcement.
Police say he sustained injuries and was medically cleared by EMTs following the crash.
According to the report, a female passenger refused medical attention and did not appear to have any injuries from the crash.
Both Union Street and Prouty Drive lost power temporarily after the crash, and Prouty Drive was closed until approximately 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
“Reckless driving endangers the life of the driver, passengers and everyone else on the road,” Chief DiSanto said. “Let this serve as a reminder to our community that it’s crucial to drive responsibly, pay attention and follow the rules of the road.”
Brewster will appear in Orleans Criminal Court on May 14.