Drunk driver crashes into utility pole, causes power outage

Posted at 11:14 AM, May 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-07 14:23:45-04

A crash involving a pickup truck and utility pole Saturday afternoon resulted in more than $6,000 worth of damage.

Orchard Park Police say the pickup hit a utility pole on South Abbott Road between Newton Road and the Route 219 overpass.

Police say the truck had gone off the road and over a guardrail, over two mailboxes, through a traffic sign, into a ditch and then hit a utility pole. The crash severed the pole and power lines came down across the road, according to officers.

Officials say Ashley McNamara, 26, of Boston, NY, was driving the pickup while intoxicated. She failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI, imprudent speed, refusing to submit to a roadside screening device and other traffic violations. Officers say McNamara also refused to submit to a breathalyzer test when she was taken to the police department.

Police say the road had to be closed while NYSEG crews replaced the utility pole and restored power to nearby residents who were affected. McNamara is additionally being charged with criminal mischief.