BG man cited for OVI after driving into a pole

A Bowling Green man was cited for OVI after he crashed his vehicle into a pole.

On Thursday at 3:58 p.m., Bowling Green police responded to a traffic crash in the 1000 block of North Main Street.

Upon arrival, police observed a black Lincoln sedan off the road near the entrance to BG Lincoln Mercery. It had struck the city crosswalk pole.

The driver, Jonathan Steinke, told police he had been drinking and driving and had called a friend to come get him. He did not explain how the crash occurred, according to the Bowling Green Police Division report.

The officer detected a slight odor of alcohol on Steinke’s breath and noted some slight slurring in his speech.

When asked how much he had had to drink, Steinke initially stated a couple, then later said four shots of Goldschlager.

He appeared to be in some discomfort and said he was sore. When BG EMS arrived, Steinke refused transport.

A witness who worked for BG Lincoln Mercury said Steinke turned right and drove into the pole. After hitting the pole, he appeared to keep accelerating the car and spinning the tires, according to the police report.

Witnesses approached and found Steinke apparently passed out with the music blaring. One reached into the car and shut it off.

Steinke failed numerous field sobriety tests and was transported to the police station for a breath test. The results was a 0.179 blood alcohol content, according to the report.

Steinke, 40, was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control, OVI and prohibited alcohol content.