UPDATE: Driver charged with DUI in Lexington crash that knocked out power

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police in Lexington say a driver involved in a crash on South Broadway at Pine Street Tuesday night that knocked over a utility pole and cut off power to hundreds of people has been charged with DUI.

Police say 46-year-old Gary Reed was driving a Ford Winstar Van eastbound on Pine Street when he ran a stop sign and hit a Mazda CX-5 headed southbound on South Broadway. The collision caused the Mazda to hit the utility pole and knock out power, according to officers.

Police say Reed told them his brakes had gone out.  Investigators say Reed did not have proof of insurance, and was intoxicated.

Reed was arrested and taken to the Fayette Co. Detention Center.

No one was injured in the accident.

Power in the area was restored Wednesday morning at about 5:30 a.m.


8/2/16 10:07 p.m.

A crash on South Broadway at Pine Street Tuesday evening knocked out power to nearly 600 Kentucky Utilities customers in the area, including some businesses, according to police. The accident happened around 8:30 p.m.

Police say a minivan and a crossover SUV were involved. According to officers, the crossover vehicle was headed outbound on South Broadway. Police say it collided with the minivan, which was turning off of Pine Street.

The crossover SUV flipped, hit part of a utility pole and landed on its side, according to investigators. Police say the two people in the crossover vehicle and the minivan driver were not hurt.

Traffic was impacted in the crash area. Outbound South Broadway was shut down, and traffic was being detoured to Maxwell Street. Inbound South Broadway was reduced to one lane.

Lexington Police were directing traffic as traffic signals in the crash area were dark due to the power outage.

It was not known when normal traffic flow would resume or when power would be restored. Crews from Kentucky Utilities were working to get the electricity back on.

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