A Volvo driven at what must have been a high rate of speed took out two light poles just off of the State Street side of The Daily World building — between South Michigan and Alder streets — early Wednesday morning before the driver got out and rolled away from the scene on a skateboard.
Aberdeen Police Commander Dale Green said a call came in from a Daily World employee at 4:33 a.m., reporting the abandoned Volvo and surrounding damage in The Daily World employee parking lot.
A man who lives across the street said that at 4:30 a.m. he saw the car traveling at high speed, entering rocked landscaping on the south side of the newspaper building.
He said the vehicle sheared off a light pole in the landscaping, hit a curb at the parking lot and knocked down a second pole in the lot before coming to an abrupt halt. The witness said the apparently male occupant, wearing a hoodie, got out of the vehicle, dropped his cell phone twice, grabbed a skateboard and fled the scene.
City crews were on the scene later in the morning to make safe the electrical wires feeding the light poles, which were sheared off at the base. Pieces of auto glass, plastic auto parts and chunks of concrete were strewn the length of the scene.
Green said, using the license plate, police were able to identify the driver and have probable cause to arrest an Aberdeen man. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, that arrest had not yet been made.