Alleged DWI suspect hits pole, Bossier residents without power

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) –An accident involving an alleged drunk driver early Friday morning has resulted in nearly 600 Bossier City residents waking up without electricity.

The accident happened in the 2200 block of Barksdale Blvd.

Bossier City Police report that as of 6 a.m. Friday morning, the southbound lanes of Barksdale Blvd. from Boone St. to Waller Ave. are closed because of the crash.

Police say the alleged driver was driving erratically on Barksdale, when he allegedly drove off the road clipping the first utility pole, which knocked down one utility pole and created a domino effect ending in three other poles being knocked down.

The alleged driver, who police now identify as 35-year-old Thomas Brian Hudson of Haughton, Louisiana, was issued a breathalyzer and police say it showed the alleged driver had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit.

Hudson is in police custody and now faces a charge of DWI. SWEPCO officials report that they expect to have power restored to the nearly 600 customers by 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m.

Be sure to stay tuned to KSLA News 12 and throughout the morning for the very latest on this still developing story.

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