Police Respond to Crashes Over the Weekend
One charged and one issued a citation.
Norton Police and Fire Departments responded to two motor vehicle crashes over the weekend.
At 11 p.m. Saturday, Sergeant Robert Whitfield of Norton Police Department was monitoring traffic and conducting radar at the intersection of Taunton Avenue and E. Main Street in a marked cruiser when he observed a pick-up truck lose control as it attempted to turn onto Taunton Avenue. The truck traveled over the sidewalk and crashed through a fence in front of the Unitarian Church.
The operator, Eric Charron, 27, of Highland Street, Taunton, was placed under arrest by Sgt. Whitfield at the scene. He was not injured in the crash.
Charron is charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Charron was transported to the Norton police station and later released. He will appear in the Attleboro District Court Monday, July 30.
Two hours later, Norton Police and Fire responded to the area of 250 E. Main St. for a motor vehicle crash involving one car. The vehicle, a 2006 Toyota Corolla operated by Christopher Voelker, 22, of Rollins Road, Easton, was traveling westbound on E. Main Street when it struck a utility pole in front of the Quick Stop convenience store. The vehicle sustained heavy damage, rolled over and landed on its roof in the crash. The utility pole was broken in half and wires were covering the roadway.
Three passengers were in the vehicle. They were Adam Ortiz, 20, of Easton; Madsen Bazile, 19, of Brockton; and Nathan Barrows, 19, of Easton. The extent of injuries and condition of the victims are unknown at this time. Voelker and all three passengers were transported to area hospitals for injuries, including Sturdy Hospital, Good Samaritan and Rhode Island Hospital.
According to Fire Captain Kent Campbell, the injuries were believed to be non-life threatening.
Mansfield and Easton Fire Departments assisted with the transports. The crash is under investigation by Patrolman Michael McKenney.
Voelker was issued a citation by Norton Police for speeding and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor.
National Grid and Verizon were notified to repair damage to the utility pole. As of 8 a.m. today, that section of E. Main Street was still closed to through traffic. Traffic was detoured using Leonard Street, Burt Street and Plain Street.