Driver ticketed in Hoopeston collisions

Driver ticketed in Hoopeston collisions

HOOPESTON — A 34-year-old Hoopeston man was cited for driving under the influence after he hit several parked vehicles and knocked down several power poles, which caused a temporary power outage in the area.

Police also issued Jeremy Coffee citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Chief Mark Drollinger said.

According to a report, police received a call at 12:07 p.m. Sunday that a semi-tractor trailer had taken out several utility poles and wires. He said nine utility poles, starting in the 600 block of East McNeil Ave., were damaged.

He also said Coffee hit three vehicles, and two houses were damaged when the wires snapped. A house on North Sixth Street had roof and siding damage, while a house on Judson Avenue had fascia and siding damage.

Coffee told police he was in the residential area dropping off a friend.

"He said he was driving down the road, and he caught the lines and then hit the vehicles," Drollinger said.

Drollinger said police found drugs and alcohol in the semi.

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