Adelaide crash driver charged with drink-driving

Vehicle hits power pole and impact causes blackout in south-west of city

March 9, 2012
A truck driver who was allegedly three times over the alcohol limit has been arrested for drink-driving and driving while disqualified after he crashed his truck into a pole in Adelaide overnight.

The driver of the Isuzu flat-bed truck was travelling just after midnight on Morphett Street when he failed to negotiate a left-hand bend into Whitmore Square, crashing into the pole.

The force of the impact caused a major power blackout in the south-western part of the city.

The driver allegedly left the scene but was found a short distance away.

The 40-year-old was breath-tested and allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.171. His driver’s licence has been disqualified since 2008.

He was also charged for aggravated due care and has been bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on April 10.

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