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Excessive DUI charge follows crash into pole

Sept. 11 pretrial set for Grangeville man

A utility pole carrying phone lines was snapped off in a single-vehicle accident on Main Street in Grangeville last Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Photo by David Rauzi
A utility pole carrying phone lines was snapped off in a single-vehicle accident on Main Street in Grangeville last Tuesday, Aug. 28.



— A pretrial hearing is set for next Tuesday, Sept. 11, for a Grangeville man charged with misdemeanors in last week’s accident that put a utility pole down into Main Street.

Zackery R. Stewart, 32, is charged with DUI excessive and leaving the scene of a damage accident.

Charges resulted from an Aug. 28 incident reported at 1:36 p.m. in front of The Hilltop on East Main Street in Grangeville, according to court records. Law enforcement was dispatched following witness reports of a pickup that had run into a utility pole across from Les Schwab Tire Center and then left the scene.

Both lanes of Main Street traffic were diverted for more than an hour at this location until Avista was able to recover and replace the phone lines pole, which was owned by CenturyLink.

The suspect was found at a nearby East South First Street residence where the vehicle had reportedly caused damage to a fence. Idaho State Police Trooper Cory Juber interviewed the suspect, identified as Stewart, whom he observed as demonstrating signs of intoxication. According to the investigation document, Stewart underwent a breath test and was reported as having a blood alcohol content between .313 and 324.



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