Man Charged with Risking a Catastrophe
Waives Preliminary Hearing

A Bradford man whose truck crashed into a utility pole and caused a blackout in part of the city has waived his preliminary hearing.

Police say at just before midnight on September 13 31-year-old John-Jay Rhodes crashed his truck at Forman Street and the off-ramp of Route 219, hitting a utility pole that held high voltage lines. The wires were then exposed, starting a fire, and several traffic lights were disabled in the downtown area.

Rhodes told police he wasn’t driving the truck, but a witness to the crash said he pulled Rhodes from the driver’s seat. Besides a felony count of risking a catastrophe, he is charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, as well as a number of traffic violations.

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