Greenfield police officers arrested 21-year-old Leonardo Escribano of Illinois on suspicion of leaving the scene of a property damage crash and operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license after an early morning crash that has several Greenfield residents without power Wednesday morning.
The Hancock County 911 center received a call around 3:40 a.m. Wednesday morning from a person hearing a loud noise in the area. The witness ran toward the noise and located the crash on Apple St.
Officers arrived in the area to find a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe that had crashed into a utility pole in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 529 Apple St. The pole was broken at the bottom and being held up by the vehicle. There was no one inside the car, but it was still running and the front airbags were deployed.
The vehicle was registered to a residence a few blocks from the crash scene.
The witness reported seeing a person get into another vehicle and leave the area at the time of the crash. Officers were quickly able to locate that vehicle a few blocks from the crash scene. Several people inside the house refused to answer the door. A search warrant was issued and officers entered the residence and detained several people during the investigation.
With the assistance of a language translator, a suspect was identified and arrested. Leonardo Escribano was not injured in the crash. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail.
Formal charges will be determined by the Hancock County Prosecutors Office. Escribano is presumed innocent until/if he is proven guilty in a court of law.
Greenfield Power and Light arrived on scene to work to replace the utility pole. Apple St. is anticipated to be closed until later Wednesday afternoon.
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