Wilder resident processed at the hospital for DUI
WILDER - Power was interrupted briefly in sections of Wilder and White River Junction early Saturday morning after a suspected drunk driver slid his pickup truck along the top of a set of guardrails for nearly 100 feet before the truck slammed into a pair of poles, taking down several power lines.
The driver, who lives just a couple of street away from where the crash took place at 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Route 5 and Chandler Road, managed to extricate himself from his totaled red Chevy Silverado pickup truck before emergency services arrived on the scene.
Although he was conscious and alert at the scene, he was transported by a Hartford Fire Department ambulance to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center because of what were described as facial and head injuries.
A Hartford police cruiser followed the ambulance to the emergency room in order to process him for the suspected DUI once he'd been treated.
Police said it appeared the pickup had just come down the hill by the Cumberland Farms store on Route 5 at a high rate of speed heading into Wilder village when it crossed completely across the opposite lane and rode up onto the guardrail before sliding for 96 feet balanced atop it, similar to how a skateboarder rides on a railing, before the front end contacted the upright wooden power poles and nosed violently down, pinning the truck between the guardrail and the poles.
Green Mountain Power crews arrived to reconnect the power while wrecker crews worked to remove the totaled pickup truck. By 3:30 a.m. everyone had packed up and cleared the scene, reopening the state highway to traffic.
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