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Driver Charged in Crash; Power Restored

Posted April 6, 2007 5:25 a.m. EDT
Updated April 6, 2007 1:34 p.m. EDT

— 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.