TALLMADGE — The city is evaluating damage to the Tallmadge Veterans Memorial in Tallmadge Circle Park after an allegedly intoxicated man drove his car into the memorial earlier in the week, said Police Chief Ron Williams on Wednesday.
"Apparently the monument itself, the stones, are cracked and damaged," said Williams, adding that the city’s service department is bringing in a company to assess the memorial.
"It’s definitely significant and substantial damage," he said.
It was the first of at least two crashes in Tallmadge Circle on Monday, said Williams.
Williams said the 29-year-old Akron man drove his 2000 Chevrolet Impala into the Circle from West Avenue at a little after 3 a.m. Monday, then went off the road, caused damage when he crashed into light poles and electrical receptacles used to provide electricity during events in the park, and then crashed into the memorial.
Williams said EMS evaluated the man at the scene, but it did not appear he was taken to a hospital.
Williams said it is believed that at the time the man entered Tallmadge Circle, he was traveling at about 55 mph in the 25 mph zone.
"You have to say that speed was definitely a factor," he said.
According to Stow Municipal Court records, the man was charged with first-degree misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and a urine sample was taken, but the records do not include its results. Williams said alcohol was detected at the scene, but he did not have additional information.
The man was summoned to appear in Stow Municipal Court and released.
Williams said that at 12:10 p.m. Monday, a 49-year-old Akron woman driving into Tallmadge Circle from Southwest Avenue lost control of her vehicle and struck a utility pole. The crash is attributed to some type of medical issue, possibly a seizure, said Williams. EMS took the woman to a hospital, but Williams said he did not have any additional information about her condition or about damage.
No charges or citations in that crash have been filed, he said.
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