TOMS RIVER, NJ – A drunk driver caused a large-scale power outage after crashing into a utility pole and causing a fire in Toms River on Sunday.
According to Daily Voice, a 47-year-old man swerved off the road at the intersection of Bay Avenue and Tanglewood Road after trying to answer his cellphone at about 8 p.m. The vehicle struck the curb then slammed into a utility pole. The pole split in half and the tension on the wires pulled downed a second pole.
The suspect, Wilfredo Flores, attempted to flee but was stopped by a passerby until authorities could stop in.
Two brush fires were sparked by the downed poles, which firefighters put out. The power and phone company repaired the lines overnight.
Flores is facing charges with reckless driving, DUI, leaving the scene, among other offenses.
The accident is still under investigation. The New Jersey car accident attorneys of Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers provide these blog posts to keep our neighbors informed about accidents across the Garden State. They should not be construed as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been injured on the road and someone else is at fault, we would like to discuss your case with you. Contact us today to begin a free, no-obligation consultation.