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Driver identified in Freeburg crash that led to power outage

Firefighters at the wreckage of the vehicle last weekend.
Firefighters at the wreckage of the vehicle last weekend. Provided photo

Police have identified the driver of the pickup truck, which crashed into a utility pole on Sunday and led to a power outage.

Jeffrey S. Pasqualone, 32, of Freeburg, who owns the pickup truck, was going east on Apple Street in the red pickup truck at an extremely high rate of speed, when it went off the road, hit a ditch, went airborne and hit a utility pole, police said.

“He fled the scene on foot,” said Police Chief Stanley Donald. “We just wanted to conduct a complete investigation to confirm who we thought was to be the driver.”

Donald also previously said he believed alcohol was suspected in the crash.

Pasqualone initially went to a hospital in Illinois after the crash before being stabilized and transferred to a hospital in St. Louis, Donald said.

Pasqualone was still in a hospital, according to Donald.

Citations for the crash have not been issued and may take a couple of months as the investigation continues, Donald said. Obtaining hospital records in Missouri is expected to take longer and will require obtaining a search warrant.

The crash knocked out power in Freeburg and parts of Millstadt and Smithton.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter