On Thursday, May 14, 2022, at approximately 11:25 p.m., police, firefighters and rescue personnel responded to the area of Three Notch Road and MacArthur Boulevard in California, to the only vehicle reported in a pole.
Crews arrived at the scene to find a single vehicle off the roadway and in a utility pole with wires down. Firefighters found the vehicle unoccupied.
Witnesses reported that a black man with dreads wearing a white t-shirt fled on foot before first responders arrived.
After a search of the area, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the vehicle operator.
The operator, identified as Daiquarius Jorge Gantt, 27, of Port Republic, has been charged with the following.
- Driving a vehicle while previously drug impaired cannot drive safely
- Driving a motor vehicle on the highway without a license or authorization required
More than 2,000 citizens were affected by the power cuts which lasted more than 3 hours. SMECO and the State Highway Administration responded with multiple crews to replace damaged property and handle traffic control.
No injuries were reported.
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