Ledyard police make arrest in crash that snapped pole

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Ledyard — Police on Monday located and arrested a town man who they said drove a truck into a utility pole on Lantern Hill Road and left the scene.

Police said Matthew Santiago, 39, of 4 Long Pond Road South, Unit I, snapped the pole at its base when he crashed the Chevrolet pickup into it about noon Monday.

When first responders arrived, the driver was missing. Police requested a K-9 team for a search just before learning a resident had seen a man walking toward Long Pond Road.

Police said they went to 4 Long Pond Road South, Unit I, and learned Santiago lived there because mail on a table, which could be seen through a window, bore his name.

Santiago previously had a Pawcatuck address.

Police said Santiago was inside the Long Pond Road home about 1 p.m. Monday. He had a small scrape on his left forearm but otherwise appeared to be uninjured. He refused medical treatment and was charged with evading responsibility and failure to drive right. He's due in court April 9.

Police temporarily closed Lantern Hill between Wolf Neck and Homestead roads as a wrecker removed the truck and an Eversource crew repaired the pole.

l.boyle@theday.com

Editor's Note: This version corrects the day of the crash and arrest, as well as information in a caption.

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