BERLIN TOWNSHIP - River Road, south of Mason Road, has been closed because of high water.
Erie County Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Sigsworth said there still is several feet of standing water from last week’s heavy rains. He advised motorists to not let the snow and ice fool them since the water is now frozen on the top.
A Milan motorist found out the hard way what happens when you don’t pay attention to “road closed” signs. The Chevrolet Prism driven by Kevin P. Charville, 20, of the 1600 block of Milan Road, became swamped after he drove into 3 feet of water on Mason Road near East River Road about 8 p.m. Thursday.
Charville told Deputy Ron Schnittker he didn’t see the flooded water “until it was too late” and didn’t see the warning signs, Schnittker wrote in his report. The incident originally was investigated as an accident.
Sigsworth said a three-day investigation determined Charville intentionally drove into the closed road and deputies found a stolen traffic cone in his car after the waters receded Saturday.
“That was after the vehicle sank, so it was hard to deny that,” Sigsworth said, adding that Charville “tried to pull a slick one.”
The driver was charged with driving on a closed highway, theft, criminal mischief and obstructing official business.