WEST JEFFERSON-Just as Blue Ridge Electric started to make major headway in restoring electrical service to the High Country following last weekend’s brutal storm a car crash forced some Ashe County residents back into the dark.
That news comes from West Jefferson Chief of Police Jeff Rose.
“Early Sunday morning a driver hit a pole in West Jefferson,” Rose said. “That ended up knocking out the power for folks around town, and Blue Ridge had to come out and fix that.”
According to WJPD reports, Joshua Cain Cate, 41, of Powell, TN, was charged with multiple offenses after authorities say Cate drove his vehicle down an embankment just off E. Second St in West Jefferson around 8 a.m. on July 10.
WJPD Sgt. John Muldowney arrived on the scene and said he found Cate’s wrecked ride on Clear Water Drive. Rose said the vehicle crashed into a power pole before it came to rest.
Muldowney requested help from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, and North Carolina State Trooper Jason Brown assumed control of the accident investigation.
Muldowney said Cate was identified at the scene as the driver of the vehicle and later discovered additional evidence that could spell further trouble for Cate.
“During the investigation a half of an orange pill fell from the subjects front left pocket,” Muldowney said. “I retrieved that from the ground. Trooper Brown finished the investigation and placed Mr. Cate under arrest for (driving while impaired).”
Muldowney said a further search of Cate’s pockets following the arrest turned up two more amphetamin/dextroamphetamine pills, along with two doses of Xanax and a white pill that Muldowney said was unknown. The pair said they also discovered more than $2,200 in cash on Cate’s person.
Cate was charged with driving while impaired, and simple possession of schedule II and IV controlled substances and was released the same day.
Rose said BREMCO had the damage fixed in short order.
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