Man faces charges after colliding with low hanging power line while driving a motorcycle

A Hospers, Iowa man faces charges in connection with a motorcycle accident that took place a little before 8:00 am Monday about four miles southwest of Sheldon.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old Joel Griffith was driving a 1979 Suzuki motorcycle southbound on a county road when he struck a low-hanging storm-damaged power line that was suspended across the road. Authorities say the road had been barricaded in that area to make repairs when the accident took place.

Griffith was taken to the Sheldon hospital.

Damage to the motorcycle was estimated at about $1,000.

Griffith was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a revoked driver’s license. Authorities say alcohol may also have been a factor, adding the incident is still under investigation and that additional charges may be filed. 

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