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ID Released For DWI Driver In Ramapo Crash That Caused Power Outage

A drunk driver received minor injuries after slamming into a power pole. A drunk driver received minor injuries after slamming into a power pole.
A drunk driver received minor injuries after slamming into a power pole. Photo Credit: Ramapo Police Department
The driver of a box truck was charged with DWI after slamming into a utility pole. The driver of a box truck was charged with DWI after slamming into a utility pole.
The driver of a box truck was charged with DWI after slamming into a utility pole. Photo Credit: Ramapo Police Department
The driver of a box truck lost control and slammed into a utility pole. The driver of a box truck lost control and slammed into a utility pole.
The driver of a box truck lost control and slammed into a utility pole. Photo Credit: Ramapo Police Department

This story has been updated.

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Spring Valley man who police say was driving drunk and caused an hours-long power outage in Ramapo after he crashed into a utility pole around 9:20 p.m. Sunday, bringing down power lines on top of his box truck.

Following the crash, Orange and Rockland Utilities responded and shut off power to the wires. The Spring Valley and South Spring Valley Fire Departments then extricated the driver, Wojciech Niespodziewanski, 34, from the vehicle.

He was charged with felony DWI, police said.

More than 300 residences were without power following the crash that also closed the roadway as O&R crews worked to restore power, and the truck and the utility pole were removed. 

Police said Niespodziewanski suffered minor injuries and was transported to Good Samaritan for treatment. He was transported back to the Ramapo Police Department where he was charged and processed. 

Ramapo police were assisted by the South Spring Valley Fire Department, Hatzolah Ambulance, Orange and Rockland Utilities, and Verizon.

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