Woman charged with DUI after crashing into utility pole in Richmond

Crash shuts down Forest Hill Avenue in both directions

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A woman is facing a DUI charge after Richmond Police said she crashed her car into a utility pole, which left two other cars damaged and a stretch of Forest Hill Avenue in the dark Friday morning.

According to investigators, the vehicle driven by the unidentified woman crashed into a utility pole along Forest Hill Avenue near Glyndon Lane just after 2 a.m. Friday.

The car knocked the pole and its wires down to the ground and the vehicle continued into a ditch.

Police said two other vehicles approached the crash scene and were damaged as they collided with the pole and wires in the roadway. Those drivers were not injured.

The woman whose vehicle knocked down the pole was taken to an area hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Richmond Police confirmed the woman has been charged with DUI, but her identity has not been revealed by authorities.

The crash also caused about 170 power outages. Dominion Virginia Power said all those affected customers should have their power restored by early Friday afternoon.

As crews cleaned up the crash scene, Forest Hill Avenue (near the interchange with Powhite Parkway) was closed in both directions for several hours, but has since reopened.

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