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Driver charged with DWI after knocking down power pole in Raleigh wreck

Posted October 3, 2013
Updated October 4, 2013

— A 33-year-old Fuquay-Varina man was charged with DWI Thursday after police say he knocked down a power pole and traffic lights on New Bern Avenue at North Peartree Lane in east Raleigh. 

According to a wreck report, Fernandez Jermaine Olive was traveling west on New Bern Avenue when he ran off of the road and struck a light pole. 

The wreck happened at about 3 a.m. Thursday and forced Raleigh police to close the intersection for several hours while crews worked to repair the damage. 

Olive was not seriously injured in the wreck, and no other cars were involved.


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  • lwe1967 Oct 3, 2013

    I wonder of people in the area lost power also? With the warmer days returning this week, I hope if they did, that no food was spoiled as high as it is now.

  • kann Oct 3, 2013

    At 6:45 it was still blocked off and a single cop is standing behind his police car just watching as 4 lanes of traffic trying to merge left into a two lane road while using just the traffic lights. So here's everyone running the left turn red light because they've been sitting in traffic for 45 min and now all the people trying to go straight on New Bern can't go and the cop is just sitting there as cars are almost hitting each other and honking, yelling. Brilliant! Especially when it happened at 3 am they should have put up signs to tell people they need to merge into the turning lane before you get to the light. Also, I don't know have a competent cop you is directing traffic not just standing there watching the mess.