Power outage caused by driver hitting power pole

power pole crash

Courtesy of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE: The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said power in the Kendall-Wilton area was restored as of 4:25 p.m.


MONROE COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) – A Glendale man has multiple citations after crashing into a power pole that caused outages in four townships.

Around 2 a.m. on Saturday, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received reports of power outages in the Norwalk, Wilton, Ridgeville, and Kendall areas.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to a medical alarm in the Oakdale Township shortly after 2 a.m., but say it was set off by the power outage.

At approximately 2:18 a.m. the Communications Center was notified that a truck crashed into a power pole near Wilton, which caused the outage.

A witness said they saw a male driver, who fled the scene. Melissa S. Bakke from Glendale allegedly called the Communications Center shortly after to report that she was the driver of the truck.

When deputies spoke with Bakke and her boyfriend, William L. Rieck, they learned that Rieck was the sole driver of the vehicle. He allegedly told deputies he fell asleep at the wheel. He was not injured.

Deputies cited him for reckless driving, operating a vehicle left of center, and failure to notify the police of a crash.

Bakke was cited for obstructing an officer.

Alliant Energy is working to fix the power lines, estimating it could take more than eight hours.