Originally Published: March 12, 2012 10 p.m.
PRESCOTT VALLEY - The driver of a car that hit a traffic signal control box, putting the lights out of commission, managed to drive away before the car failed, a police spokesman said.
Sunday at about 1 a.m., Ramon J. Olea, 30, of Prescott Valley, smashed into the control box at Windsong and Lakeshore drives with a black Chrysler 300, Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said. Officers who arrived on the scene spoke with a witness who described seeing "a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed leave the roadway," Bonney said, adding that after the car hit the box, it nearly struck the witness, and then left the area.
Officers realized the car was heavily damaged and would not get far, so they began a search, and found it in the 7800 block of Las Flores, being loaded onto a trailer, Bonney said.
When they confronted Olea, he first told police that he'd been on a bad dirt road before admitting to losing control and crashing, Bonney said.
Olea was arrested and booked on charges of aggravated criminal damage, endangerment, and striking a fixture on a highway.