The man allegedly responsible for knocking down the pole that cut electricity to thousands of Riverbend customers Sunday morning has been charged with three misdemeanors. 36-year-old David J. Corby of the 900 block of Rixon Street in Alton is charged with Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Improper Lane Usage.
The accident on Landmarks Boulevard in Alton knocked out power for nearly 13,000 residents in the Riverbend. Alton Police report the accident took place around 3:30am near the Argosy Casino. A spokesperson from Ameren Illinois says the vehicle struck an unknown object that fell onto nearby power lines, interrupting service for about half of Ameren's customers in Alton and Godfrey. Service was restored to the approximately 8,520 customers in Alton and 4,305 customers in Godfrey affected by the incident just before 7 a.m. Sunday according to Ameren Illinois. Corby was located and arrested later that night.