- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A Fairbanks man suspected of shearing off a telephone pole when his truck pulled down an overhead wire has been issued a reckless driving summons.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (https://bit.ly/1pb91pU) reports 58-year-old James Knopke on Sept. 12 was pulling a trailer behind a 7.5-ton military surplus vehicle, which had a 16-foot homemade boom attached to it.

On a south Fairbanks road, the truck hit a bump. The boom bounced up, snagged a telephone wire and pulled down a telephone pole.

Fairbanks International Airport police say in a complaint the boom smashed into the canopy of the vehicle.

Police say Knopke stopped when he experienced steering problems caused by the sheared-off canopy getting stuck between the vehicle and the trailer.

Online court documents did not list an attorney for Knopke.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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