Police were called to Elyria Avenue and East 35th Street shortly before 8 p.m. Friday on reports of a vehicle crashing into a pole. When they arrived, they found the driver and a passenger outside of a black 2005 Ford Explorer.
The driver of the vehicle repeatedly told police he had no identification but his name was Patrick Walker, reports said. Police subsequently identified the man as Michael Walker, 36, who officers said appeared to be intoxicated. Police later found proper identification in Walker’s pants pocket.
Walker also told police another man he didn’t know was driving the Explorer at the time of the crash but that person had fled.
A 15-year-old male passenger told police Walker was speeding and driving recklessly at the time of the collision.
Neither Walker nor the teen were injured.
The teen’s mother and owner of the vehicle arrived soon after the crash and told police Walker lives with her, and had taken her car keys and son without her knowledge.
A police check of Walker’s driving record found he had active arrest warrants from Sheffield police in addition to two indefinite driver’s license suspensions issued in 2013 from Sheffield Mayor’s Court.
In addition to the endangering children count, Walker was charged with driving under suspension, operating a vehicle under the influence, implied consent to test, failure to control, and obstructing official business.