Wareham man charged after utility pole crash
A 40-year-old Wareham man has been criminally charged after his car crashed into a utility pole, which sheared the pole and left the car upended on its roof for several hours.
According to Wareham Police, the car, a late-model BMW, hit the pole at 1:15 a.m. in front of 25 Onset Ave. on Sunday. After snapping the pole, the car flipped onto its roof.
Police said Taikarsh Mattos was found outside the car and complaining of severe mouth and jaw pain as a result of the accident. He was transported to Tobey Hospital for treatment.
Following an investigation, police charged Mattos with operating to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and speeding.
According to Onset Fire Chief Ray Goodwin, the accident was an atypical one for his department.
“They completely sheared the pole off,” said Goodwin. “That’s no ordinary feat.”
Electric company Eversource was called to the scene to make repairs. In addition to the pole, Goodwin said an Onset Fire Department alarm box attached to the pole was damaged. It was repaired the next day after Eversoruce's work was finished.
In total, 12 Onset Fire Department members responded to secure the scene.