DUI crash leaves hundreds without power in Petersburg - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

DUI crash leaves hundreds without power in Petersburg

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) -
A woman is behind bars after Petersburg police say she crashed into a power pole, knocking out power to hundreds of homes.

At one point, 800 Dominion customers were in the dark for more than four hours. As utility crews hurried to replace an entire power pole, neighbors woke up without electricity.

Police say Erlinda Padilla, 29, slammed into the pole on South Park Drive after 3 a.m. Padilla was charged with DUI and taken to jail.

    

"[It was] a crash… loud noise," described neighbor Jennifer Saunders who heard the commotion along with her great-grandson. Her one-year-old, great grandson Alanzo, didn't appreciate his Sunday morning interrupted.

 

"He didn't like it too much. It's dark. He was running, wanting me to pick him up," continued Saunders.

 

The driver plowed over a mailbox, and crashed into the pole. It's the fifth time someone has taken out Elma DeRamus's mailbox.

 

"I'm hoping we can get a speed bump out here," said DeRamus. "To slow them up because 25 mph (speed limit) means nothing. They run the stop sign sometimes."

 

Power was restored to all affected homes by noon. 

  

Copyright 2013 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • House GOP passes $788B bill for Pentagon, border wall

    House GOP passes $788B bill for Pentagon, border wall

    Thursday, July 27 2017 12:48 PM EDT2017-07-27 16:48:59 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 6:50 PM EDT2017-07-27 22:50:13 GMT
    The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. (Source: CNN)The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. (Source: CNN)

    The GOP-controlled House is plowing ahead on legislation to give the Pentagon a massive spending boost and deliver a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico...

    More >>

    The GOP-controlled House is plowing ahead on legislation to give the Pentagon a massive spending boost and deliver a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    More >>
  • Central Virginia's fourth Publix to open mid-August

    Central Virginia's fourth Publix to open mid-August

    Thursday, July 27 2017 6:03 PM EDT2017-07-27 22:03:34 GMT
    Publix (Source: NBC12)Publix (Source: NBC12)

    The Publix, located at 2250 John Rolfe Parkway, will open on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7 a.m.

    More >>

    The Publix, located at 2250 John Rolfe Parkway, will open on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7 a.m.

    More >>
  • State of emergency prompts evacuation of Ocracoke Island

    State of emergency prompts evacuation of Ocracoke Island

    Thursday, July 27 2017 5:42 PM EDT2017-07-27 21:42:18 GMT
    Cape Hatteras (Source: Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative)Cape Hatteras (Source: Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative)

    The governor of North Carolina issued a state of emergency for Ocracoke Island due to a massive power outage that could take days or weeks to repair, according to WAVY.

    More >>

    The governor of North Carolina issued a state of emergency for Ocracoke Island due to a massive power outage that could take days or weeks to repair, according to WAVY.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly