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Driver Charged in Crash; Power Restored

Posted April 6, 2007

— Crews restored power to a section of Raleigh along Six Forks Road just before midday Friday, and an Oxford woman was facing criminal charges in an accident that brought down a utility pole.

Police charged Tafarrah J. Powell, 26, of Oxford with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident after her car snapped the pole in two, knocking out power to about 1,700 people.

The accident happened in front of 4217 Six Forks Road about 2:30 a.m., police said. They said  witness reported that Powell's car had gone off the right side of the road and struck a support cable, snapping the pole.

 Powell left the scene on foot, and police found her nearby a short time later and arrested her, police Capt. John Lee said.

Progress Energy crews began restoring power shortly after the accident and all customers back in service just before noon after installing a new pole.


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  • DickHefner Apr 9, 2007

    So where is Super Trooper Harrison when you need him? The Trooper who arrested 116 last year for dwi. OH YEAH, WRAL has tried to run him off the road and rob him of his super powers.
    I guess they could put him in the pokie with her. Now that's justice. Agressive hard hitting lawman vs sloppy drunk. I'll put my money on the lawdog.

  • wizard633 Apr 8, 2007

    That heffer looks like she hit the pole before the car did!

  • yruatwit Apr 8, 2007

    AS always seems to happen in an ironic twist of fate, drunks, who are boils on the armpit of society, escape an auto accident with mere scratches, while the property or people they collide with, suffer destruction and death.

  • Al Capone Apr 7, 2007

    She's black, therefore she is inicent and was framed.

  • Wildside Apr 6, 2007

    I wonder how she got a car..........she can't possibly have a job

  • gvmtcheese Apr 6, 2007

    love my boys, that gurl is from Oxford, she will cut u up quick!

  • Scarecrow Cow Apr 6, 2007

    THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR DRUNK DRIVING. Even though she did not kill anyone with her awful foolishness (thank God) she still needs to be locked up for a long, long time.

  • just my2cents Apr 6, 2007

    Historian, some people are just sick people. I saw the jeep today, and it broke my heart all over again, I pray for their families and friends. Sometimes just one little mistake ends up so tragic.

  • BLA BLA BLA Apr 6, 2007

    Toni:"Maybe it wasn't an accident she was aiming for the pool.lol lol"

    naa, it probably jumped in front of her

  • thefensk Apr 6, 2007

    Hey, ecugirl, mookers had a good point. You were very likely wrong on the other story too: there was absolutely no information in the wral version of that story that even suggested legal or illegal residency. California, like other states bordering Mexico, all have substantial hispanic populations who are not just legal residents, they are citizens of this grand republic. Also, you should remember that not everyone reads every comment to every story.
    This is just another drunk driver who thankfully did not kill anyone this time. Inconvenienced a lot of people I guess, but that is better than killing someone.