Garner, N.C. — A pickup truck slammed into a tree and a power pole early Thursday, authorities said.
Billy Ray Lichlyter was southbound on Old Stage Road at about 4:50 a.m. when he fell asleep, ran off the left side of the road near the intersection of Poplar Springs Church Road and struck a tree and a utility pole owned by Progress Energy, authorities said.
About 100 Progress Energy customers were without power as of 7:30 a.m.
Lichlyter was taken to WakeMed for treatment of minor injuries.
He was charged with reckless driving and driving left of center, authorities said.