BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – A 42-year-old Belchertown man will likely have his Massachusetts driver’s license suspended after he admitted to police he was texting just before his SUV hit and sheared a utility pole in Belchertown Tuesday afternoon.
“He told us he was texting while driving,” Belchertown police Sgt Kevin Pacunas told 22News. “I’ve filed an ‘immediate threat’ with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to have his license suspended.”
After hitting and breaking the utility pole, the Chevrolet Equinox rolled onto its roof, injuring a woman passenger. She was taken to the hospital, but did not appear to be seriously hurt, according to Sgt. Pacunas.
North Washington Street was closed for about 45 minutes while firefighters cleaned up fluids that spilled from the SUV.
Sgt. Pacunas said the driver, Carl Cordes told him that he was texting just before the crash at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday. Sgt Pacunas said Cordes also admitted that he’d been texting just before a separate, less serious crash, in which his SUV rear-ended another vehicle about a half hour earlier.
Cordes was issued citations for Operating to Endanger, Texting While Driving, and a marked lanes violation.
Sgt. Pacunas said the fine for texting while driving, first offense, is $105.