Lawrence Township Police: Drunk Driver Hit Pole, Caused Power Outage

According to Lieutenant Mark Ubry, Lawrence Township police spokesman, a car crash shut down electrical service to businesses and residences in the Franklin Road area for several hours. As reported by Lawrenceville Patch, only one vehicle was involved in the crash that caused the power outage.

Lieutenant Ubry confirmed that drunk driving charges have been filed against the car’s driver. Officer Ryan Dunn noticed while on patrol that power to traffic lights at the intersection of Franklin Corner Road and Route 1 was out and began to survey the area in order to determine the cause of the power outage. He believed that the cause could have been a fire in a transformer or another issue, such as a fallen tree. In the 100 block of Franklin Corner Road, Officer Dunn drove up to the scene of a crash. A utility pole had snapped and had fallen across the highway as the result of being struck by an automobile.

Ubry went on to say that the 21-year-old driver of the car from Brick Township was arrested at the scene. He was charged with the following:

  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to maintain a lane
  • Refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test
  • Driving under the influence


There was a passenger in the car that struck the utility pole. Neither he nor the driver was injured in the crash.

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