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Norwalk Police: Driver Admitted Hitting Pole

NORWALK, Conn. – A driver who snapped a telephone pole with a borrowed box truck Thursday afternoon in South Norwalk gave the finger to a witness who tried to stop him from leaving the scene, Norwalk police say. Witnesses wrote down his license plate as he drove away. Police called the company that owned the truck and tracked him down.

Raul Caban, 19, of 35 Bayview Ave., was arrested and charged with evading responsibility, operating without a license and failure to drive right. Bond was $1,500, Sgt. James Walsh said.

Police who responded to the 2:52 p.m. call of a motor vehicle accident at 42 Bouton St. found a destroyed telephone pole, the top part of which was hanging from the wires at an angle over the street. The crash caused a small power outage in the area.

Witnesses said the pole had been hit by a green box truck, Walsh said. They yelled at the driver and told him to pull over, but he left, after giving one the obscene gesture, police said.

The truck was registered to Junkluggers. Police called the owner, who got the employee who was supposed to have the truck. The employee said, "I let Raul use the truck, I told him to drop it off at the bowling alley on Connecticut Ave.," according to Walsh.

Police called Caban's cell phone and found him and the substantially damaged truck at the Rip Van Winkle bowling alley on Connecticut Avenue, Walsh said. Caban was taken back to Bouton Street, where witnesses identified him. He admitted to driving truck, hitting the pole and driving away, Walsh said. He didn't think there was a lot of damage.

Workers from South Norwalk Electric and Water restored power to the area.

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