Man charged with drunken driving after accident knocks out power, closes roadway

Posted April 05, 2011, at 11:46 a.m.
Last modified April 05, 2011, at 2:57 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police charged a Georgia man with drunken driving after the pickup truck he was in Monday night struck a utility pole on Odlin Road, knocking out power in the area and closing the roadway for more than 10 hours.

Cosby Henderson, 33, of Athens, Ga., drove his 2005 Ford pickup into the pole in front of the Ramada Inn at around 10:25 p.m. Monday and was trapped inside his truck for a short time, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

“It snapped the power line,” he said. “It was a mess. It looked worse than it was. They had to extricate him from the truck.”

Henderson, who is working in the area, was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. Edwards didn’t have specifics about Henderson’s injuries but did say “he was up talking and gave a statement to the officer.”

Officer Joshua Kuhn charged Henderson with operating under the influence while he was at the hospital. Henderson was not arrested.

Bangor police dispatcher Jim Morrill issued an email at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday saying that Odlin Road was closed to vehicle traffic between Interstate 395 and Hammond Street.

The roadway reopened at around 9:10 a.m. after utility crews replaced the pole and reconnected the wires, Edwards said .

Susan Faloon, spokeswoman for Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., said the crash knocked out power to 451 customers in parts of Bangor and Hermon.

“Our guys arrived on the scene at 12:52 a.m. and had [power] restored by 4:29 a.m.,” she said.

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