Hearing continued for man found in hole following Springfield crash

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A man cited following following a crash into a utility pole at the Ronez Manor apartment complex Tuesday night has been identified.

Springfield Police say the man is 33-year-old Edin Gonzalez-Velasquez.

He was found sitting at the bottom of a construction hole when police arrived, Springfield Police Sgt. Michael Curtis said.

“It would appear he lost control because he was intoxicated,” Curtis said. “He has a detainer through immigration and customs, so I suspect that is why (he ran and fell into the hole).”

The construction hole was “roped off very well,” Curtis said.

Several beer cans were found in the vehicle he crashed and suspected marijuana was found on the suspect, according to the affidavit filed with the police report.

Gonzalez-Velasquez was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries he suffered in the crash, police said.

“I observed that Mr. Gonzalez-Velasquez had very bloodshot, red, glassy eyes and he had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person.” the affidavit said. “When I asked Mr. Gonzalez-Velasquez how much beer he had drank today, he stated he had drank two 24-ounce beers at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.”

Gonzalez-Velasquez did not have a driving record on file and did not have a driver license that was able to be located, according to the affidavit, which also said he was not the owner of the vehicle.

He was cited for OVI refusal and driving without a license. Gonzalez-Velasquez was ordered into court on Wednesday morning, but the case was continued to a later date, according to court records. https://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/local/hearing-continued-for-man-found-hole-following-springfield-crash/DFaw8fsSzyvhQlnYj4cNtN/

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