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Driver Charged In Wreck That Knocked Out Power In Garner

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GARNER, N.C. — A car wreck unrelated to winter weather caused a power pole to fall in Garner, affecting more than 3,000 Progress Energy customers at one point.

A car hit a power pole around 5:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of White Oak Road and Hebron Road.

The wreck also knocked out a feeder line at a nearby substation, which caused an outage for 3,200 customers. Power crews managed to restore power to all but 500 customers by 7 a.m.

Progress Energy said power should be restored to the 500 customers in the outage sometime after 12:30 p.m. Friday

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Lee Wiggins of Knightdale was traveling northbound on White Oak when he lost control of his pickup and hit a power pole. He was taken to WakeMed with non-life threatening injuries. Wiggins is charged with DWI and careless/reckless driving.