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Man arrested after crash causes power outage in Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA – A 36-year-old man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after a crash in Martinsville on Monday morning.

At around 9:43 a.m., a 2006 Acura 4-door was going north on Memorial Boulevard when it ran off the road and hit an electric pole near Carter Street, according to the Martinsville Police Department.

Police said the utility pole being knocked down, pulled another pole down across the street into a nearby car dealership, which caused damage to several vehicles in that dealership.

The vehicle crash caused a power outage and was quickly restored by the Martinsville Electric Department.

Clifton Elmer Durham, 36, of Daniels Creek Road in Collinsville, was arrested for first offense driving while intoxicated of drugs and reckless driving.

Durham suffered minor cuts and scrapes, but no other injuries resulted from the crash or subsequent utility poles coming down, police report.

“We are very fortunate that there were no major injuries. We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that with some prescription medications driving is restricted and everyone should follow their physician’s and pharmacist’s instructions carefully,” the police department said.

Durham was released on a $3,500 bond to a relative.

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