Drunk university student strikes two power poles, knocks out power in Halifax

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Published on September 2, 2014
Nova Scotia Power crews at one of the damaged power lines caused by an impaired driving overnight in Halifax.
Metro News photo by Jeff Harper

Thousands of people in Halifax lost their power overnight after police say a 19-year-old university student that was driving impaired struck not one, but two power poles.

Police say the first accident happened on Beaufort Avenue towards Oxford Street, with the vehicle hitting the power pole, causing some damage to it.

The vehicle then kept on going, police say, striking a second power pole at the intersection of Oxford and South.

Police say the vehicle then stopped on a sidewalk by the intersection.

The six people inside the vehicle left, but were found a short distance away and checked over by paramedics. No one was seriously injured.

The 19-year-old Halifax man driving the vehicle, who police say is going to university in the city, has been charged with impaired driving and will appear in court at a later date.

“They were extremely lucky not to be more injured,” said Halifax Regional Police Const. Pierre Bourdages, who said the driver was above the legal limit for alcohol, but not double it.

“The best thing to do is plan,” he added. “Don’t drive impaired. There are disastrous consequences as a result of it.”

Nova Scotia Power was called to fix the damaged poles, with some people expected to remain without power until later this morning.