UPDATE: West Racine Street now open, power restored
JANESVILLE—A vehicle crash that closed West Racine Street, from Park to Cherry Streets, for more than five hours early Monday morning has reopened.
According to Janesville police, a car at 2 a.m. Monday crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of West Racine and Lincoln Streets causing the pole to snap and knock power out to homes within a nine block square radius.
Power was restored shortly after 7:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Anne Brophy.
Brian R. Tinkler, 39, of 2536 N. Lexington Drive, was traveling west on Racine when he lost control of his vehicle. He was arrested on a charge of operating while intoxicated, reported to be his second offense, said Sgt. Dean Sukus.
Around 2:30 a.m. Monday, another vehicle crashed into a different power pole, momentarily knocking out power at Crosby Avenue and Rockport Road. But the driver and several occupants fled the scene, Sukus.