Trucker Arrested After Plowing Down Power Poles
Duquesne, PA – A trucker was arrested on Monday on charges of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) after he knocked down a telephone pole in Duquesne, kept driving, then took out another.
The incident occurred on August 5 around 1:45 p.m. along SR 837 South in the town located just outside of Pittsburgh.
City of Duquesne Police Department (DPD) reports the driver first struck a telephone at the intersection at Grant Avenue.
The impact from the crash knocked down the pole and sent the live wires to the ground.
Instead of stopping, the driver continued up Grant Avenue and attempted a left turn into Duquesne Plaza, according to officials.
That’s when he collided with a second telephone pole.
The live wires fell onto his truck and along the sidewalk, investigators say.
Police were dispatched, and as they were visiting with the driver, DPD could detect alcohol on his breath.
According to DPD, they conducted a field sobriety test, which the driver “failed miserably.”
He was arrested on the spot for DUI and his truck was towed from the scene.
The driver was identified as a 57-year-old male from Rhode Island.
His identity has not been released.
The name on the truck’s tractor and trailer indicate he was driving for J Line Transportation out of Rhode Island.
Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show they are a 28-truck company that hauls general freight.
The FMCSA reports no crashes and three incidents that involved towing in the past 24 months.
A two-block section of Grant Avenue was blocked off for approximately two hours while crews worked to contain the live wires and clear the downed poles.
Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
(Photo courtesy of DPD)