A 26-year-old California man who drove his SUV into a power pole and knocked it over on Meridian Road late Saturday is charged with DUI.
Witnesses told deputies that driver Sean K. Duncan’s Toyota 4-Runner was going southbound and swerving across all five lanes of Meridian Road, between Hubbard and Deer Flat roads, before he lost control just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
That’s when the 4-Runner rolled over as many as five times before it hit a power pole on the west side of the road.
The force of the impact knocked the pole and power lines on to the road. The section of Meridian Road between Deer Flat and Hubbard roads had to be closed so Idaho Power crews could fix the damage.
When deputies arrived at the crash scene, Duncan was out of the SUV and sitting down. He told them he was in the SUV by himself.
Deputies smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Duncan, who failed field sobriety tests a short time later. Duncan then took a breath test and registered a .178 blood alcohol content (BAC) level, which is more than double the Idaho BAC limit of .08.
Deputies arrested Duncan on a misdemeanor DUI charge and booked him into the jail. Duncan posted a $2,000 bond and was released early Sunday.
Duncan’s initial court appearance is set for Wednesday.