Radio tower hauler charged with 24 traffic violations

Published 11:05 am Thursday, May 17, 2012

A man who was stopped on May 6 and 7 for hauling a radio tower that blocked the entire road and interfered with powerlines was charged in Mower County Court with 24 violations.

Ron Crews, 24, faces a list of charges, including public nuisance, reckless driving, no warning lights, inoperable lights, no driver’s license on hand, no proof of insurance on hand, exceeding load size and 16 charges for unsafe equipment. All charges are misdemeanors.

Crews said the structure touched a power line in Lansing, but he was able to get underneath it. However, law enforcement stopped him underneath the power line for about an hour and half on May 6. Crews then drove forward and left the structure outside of Lansing, he said.

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He tried to move it again by a different route on May 7 after he got the proper permits from the county; however, a Department of Transportation Officer stopped Crews because he didn’t have escort vehicles while moving the tower. According to the complaint, Crews had a crude structure on the tower to push powerlines out of the way.

Crews said on May 7 that he is upset because he got a permit, which did not list at what size a load requires an escort.

“They never specified if I did or didn’t need an escort,” Crews said.

Crews was reportedly hauling for Wallace Bustad and taking the tower to his shed in Lansing. Crews’ court date is set for June 11.