LORAIN — Police said driver Ryan Katitus struck a utility pole, boat trailer and car Sunday.
Katitus was charged with drunken driving, failure to control and leaving the scene of an accident in relation to a crash at 5780 West Erie Ave. near the Oakpoint Road intersection around 5:05 a.m. Katitus said he crashed because he looked down at his phone, according to report by police Officer Andrew Mathewson.
An auxiliary officer said he saw Katitus crash into the pole and drive off before he was stopped at the intersection of Oakpoint Road and Oakhill Boulevard. Mathewson wrote that Katitus nearly fell a few times, had glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol before failing a field sobriety test. Mathewson said Katitus admitted he drank a few beers earlier, but felt “fine.” Katitus didn’t register a sample on a Breathalyzer test, which is considered a refusal to take the test.
After hitting the pole and knocking over the boat trailer damaging the boat, the car Katitius was driving pushed the car he struck 12 feet up and over a concrete wall, according Mathewson’s report.
Katitus, 24, of the 4500 block of Oakhill Boulevard in Lorain, was being held Monday at Lorain County Jail in lieu of a $1,000 bond. He entered a not guilty plea in Lorain Municipal Court and is due back in court Nov. 1.
Katitus has previous convictions for driving with a suspended license and following too closely.