Man charged with DUI for Midlothian Turnpike crash

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police say a drunk driver is to blame for a crash that closed down part of Midlothian Turnpike early Tuesday morning and knocked out power for some residents.

Police charged 49-year-old John Buchanan with driving under the influence for running his truck into a utility pole in the early morning hours.

"This is a 35 MPH hour zone," said Apprentice Lineman, Craig Toney. "He was doing well over that to break an 18 inch piece of wood."

Chesterfield Police say Buchanan's Dodge truck smashed into the utility pole around 1:00 Tuesday morning, closing both westbound lanes on Midlothian for several hours. In the meantime, cones funneled traffic through the center lane.

Toney and other power crews worked more than four hours replacing the splintered pole. A couple hundred customers, including Midlothian Middle School, lost power while crews made repairs. Power was restored before school started.

Crews finished repairs and opened up the lanes just after 6:30. Linemen say similar situations like this occur on a weekly basis. Buchanan was transported to Chippenham Hospital. Officers say he should be okay.

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