News release from the Bossier City Police Dept.
Bossier City police arrested a Haughton man on a charge of DWI after he crashed his pickup truck into a utility pole early Friday morning resulting in a chain reaction of events that lead to hundreds of residents losing power.
Police arrested 35-year old Thomas Brian Hudson for DWI first offense and booked him into Bossier City Jail after a breath test determined Hudson's blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. Hudson bonded out of jail later this morning on a $2,000 bond.
Police say Hudson was traveling south in the 2300 block of Barksdale Boulevard at approximately 4:00 a.m. when he swerved off the road, clipped one utility pole and then crashed head on into a second utility pole causing that pole to fall. Seconds later a United State Postal Service 18-wheeler traveling south on Barksdale Boulevard behind the pickup then snagged wires that had lowered due to the pole being knocked down. That caused two other poles to fall to the ground. Neither Hudson nor the driver of the 18-wheeler was injured.
Police initially had to close down all lanes of traffic on Barksdale Boulevard from Boone Street to Waller Avenue since one of the downed utility poles fell across the entire roadway. All lanes with the exception of a small stretch of the outside southbound lane reopened about an hour later after AEP-SWEPCO crews removed the pole from the road.
As of 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, SWEPCO reported a few hundred people were still without power.