Wilton man charged after crash

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JAY — Two men escaped injury Monday night when the truck they were riding in struck a utility pole, breaking it in half, on Davenport Hill Road, police Cpl. Jeffrey Fournier said Wednesday.

The driver, Wayne Labbe, 58, of Wilton, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence of liquor, he said.

Labbe was driving a 2004 Ford pickup truck north to take his passenger, Christian Rapp, 50, of Jay home after a day of ice fishing.

The accident happened on a on a downgrade curve. Labbe lost control of the truck and it skidded off to the right and into the pole.

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Neither man was injured, he said.

The truck was damaged beyond repair, he said.

Labbe was taken to the Franklin County jail in Farmington and was released on $1,500 unsecured bail, a corrections officer said.

He is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at 12th District Court in Farmington.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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