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Traffic diverted after suspected drunk driver crashes into utility pole

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Traffic diverted for hours Monday night on busy Highway 19 in Lee County after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a utility pole.

More than eight hours after a Ford Expedition smashed into power pole on the corner of Cedric Avenue and Highway 19, Georgia Power crews were still working to repair damages around 9:30. 

Deputies, troopers, firefighters, and EMS crews responded to the wreck at 3:30 p.m. It caused detours through parking lots and side streets right in the middle of rush hour.

Georgia Power had to cut off 900 customers around 8:30 p.m.. GSP Trooper, Chris Jewell, arrested 22-year-old Nicholas Sisneros and charged him with driving under the influence.

Sisneros admitted to messing with his phone before turning onto Cedric from Highway 19, but troopers say he erased his phone history before they could confirm whether he was texting.

Kenny Jackson was driving though the area around 5:00 when traffic was backed up. He parked in a nearby business to observe repairs.

"This isn't good at quitting time and everybody will have a big diversion if they try to come this way," said Jackson. "The traffic was all blocked from North Slappey. They were diverting people and we're looking at a pole that split in two places."

Even though it held up traffic all evening, he's just glad no one was hurt.@

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