BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer man who was later charged with drunken driving, crashed into several utility poles near the junction of Allen and 14th streets early Monday morning, knocking out power to around 1,430 Emera Maine customers.
“The report states that 3 power poles were struck when the driver left the roadway,” Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton said Monday in an email.
Thomas Begley, 26, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He was traveling with a female passenger, the sergeant said.
“[Begley] had minor injuries and his passenger does not appear to have been injured,” Cotton said.
The crash was reported at about 4:20 a.m., the sergeant said.
Emera Maine line workers spent Monday morning fixing the three poles and restoring power to customers along 54 streets, including parts of Union Street and Ohio Street, that were affected by the damage, Bob Potts, the utility’s spokesman, said in a news release.
Crews ran into some challenges with the weather getting the poles replaced, but all customers had power restored shortly after noon, according to Emera spokeswoman Judy Long.