NEW ROCHELLE, NY — New Rochelle Police have closed off Pinebrook Boulevard southbound from Quaker Ridge road to Beechmont Drive until further notice following a one-car crash into a telephone pole which broke the pole in half, caused a transformer to explode and damaged a mailbox.
The road closure was put into effect at 1:20 a,\ Monday morning and will remain in effect until Con Edison gives the “all clear”.
UPDATE 4:00 AM: Pinebrook Boulevard remains closed southbound from Quaker Ridge Road south down to Beechmont. There is no access to Quaker Ridge Ridge northbound on Pinebrook Boulevard.
Power outages have been reported in and around the area of Pinebrook Boulevard and Quaker Ridge Road.
UPDATE 6:00 AM: Pinebrook Boulevard remains closed southbound due a car accident that took out Con Edison poles on Quaker Ridge access road. Wires are hanging low and multiple poles are down in area. Con Edison is telling New Rochelle Police that the road will have to remain closed for at least another 4 Hours till 10 a.m. Monday morning.
UPDATE 9:30 AM: Pinebrook Boulevard is now open southbound from Albert Leonard Road (Pinebrook Tennis Courts) down to Beechmont Road. Pinebrook Boulevard is closed from Quaker Ridge Road southbound to Albert Leonard Road. Pinebrook Boulevard is open northbound in its entirety. The telephone pole that was struck by a vehicle driving southbound on Pinebrook Boulevard was cracked in half. It has now been replaced by a new telephone pole. No word on the condition of the driver.
UPDATE 12:30 PM: New Rochelle police arrested Luis Moquillaza, 44, of 35 Pierce Street, New Rochelle, NY after they found walking along Fifth Avenue near the WVOX Radio Station.
Moquillaza was stopped and questioned. He admitted to police that he had crashed his car into a telephone pole and mailbox at 666 Pinebrook Boulevard and left the car at the scene. Moquillaza had walked over 2 miles down Pinebrook Boulevard, in the direction of his home on Pierce Street.
New Rochelle Police Sergeant Myron Joseph said Moquilaza was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, first offense, a misdemeanor after he failed a field sobriety test and Breathalyzer test. He was also charged with Leaving the Scene of Accident Causing Property Damage, a violation.
UPDATE 1:30 PM: Con Edison spokesperson Allan Drury says 12 customers were out of service as a result of the accident. They were restored by noon today.