A lawn service box truck loaded with equipment crashed into a power pole in Abingdon on Thursday morning, causing live wires to cascade onto a nearby deputy’s cruiser.
Officers with the Abingdon Police Department were called just before 10 a.m. to the 200 block of East Main Street, where the live wires were down on the roadway, according to town spokeswoman Tenille Montgomery.
Maj. Byron Ashbrook of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy was traveling through town and was behind the box truck at the time of the crash.
Describing it as bad timing, Ashbrook said the crash caused the wires to land on the deputy’s cruiser. Ashbrook confirmed that the deputy was not pursuing or following the box truck.
To safely exit his vehicle, the deputy, who Ashbrook did not identify, had to maneuver around the live wires. He also assisted the box truck’s driver and passenger and directed traffic as Abingdon police responded, Ashbrook said.
Montgomery said police questioned the truck’s two occupants and learned the driver, Trevis Lightfoot, 25, of Bristol, Virginia, had an outstanding warrant out of Bristol on an assault and battery charge.
Police charged Lightfoot with failing to maintain control, driving on a suspended license, third offense, and expired state inspection. Officers issued a summons and released the man. At the officers’ discretion, Lightfoot wasn’t taken into custody on the misdemeanor warrant, Montgomery said.
The passenger, Franklin Hudson, 30, also of Bristol, Virginia, was arrested on a charge of possession of Schedule I or II drugs. Montgomery said officers found a substance on the man that a preliminary field test identified as methamphetamine.
Hudson was being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon.
The U.S. Forest Service provided a K-9 to search the vehicle, Montgomery said.
The crash closed East Main Street from Tanner Street to Hutton Street for several hours, requiring motorists to find alternate routes. Appalachian Power responded and repaired the power pole and wires.
No injuries were reported.