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Truck slams into tree, power pole in Garner

Posted May 8, 2008 6:53 a.m. EDT
Updated May 8, 2008 9:00 p.m. EDT

— 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.