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Forum staff reports, Published February 03 2012

Man arrested after crash into Moorhead utility pole knocks out power

MOORHEAD – A 28-year-old North Dakota man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after police say he crashed his pickup into a utility pole, knocking out power to a several-block area of south Moorhead.

Officers were dispatched to the crash at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 700 block of South Elm Street.

The driver of the 2008 Ford F-350 pickup, Lucas Smillie of Hamilton, N.D., lost control and left the roadway, striking a Moorhead Public Service utility pole, Lt. Joel Scharf said in a news release.

Smillie, who was alone in the pickup, was taken by F-M Ambulance to Sanford Medical Center, where he was admitted. He was arrested on suspicion of DWI, inattentive driving and open container.

Power has since been restored to the area.