Man Charged with Risking a Catastrophe
Waives 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.