Dozens without power after suspected drunk driver hits pole

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A suspected drunk driver of an SUV crashed into a power pole in South Phoenix leaving dozens of customers without power Monday night.

Phoenix police said an Ford Expedition veered off the road on Sixteenth Street near University Dr. and sheered the pole at the base, leaving the lines on the ground.

APS crews have secured the lines and are now working to restore power to affected customers.  A spokesman said nearly 130 customers were still without power as of 9:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old driver of the car was taken to the hospital with injuries. His passenger suffered minor injuries, according to police. Officers believe alcohol may have played a role in the crash, but that is still under investigation.

Sixteenth Street remained closed Monday night from University to Watkins. Crews expect to be working in the area through the early morning hours.