Wreck shuts down Gastonia intersection, driver charged with DWI

Caroline Hicks | WBTV
Caroline Hicks | WBTV

GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) - A man is facing several charges after he reportedly struck two utility poles, knocking down power lines at a Gaston County intersection Thursday morning.

According to the Gastonia Police Department, the wreck happened around 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of South New Hope Road at Titman Road. Police say 44-year-old Robert Summey III was driving on Titman Road when he allegedly lost control of his vehicle.

Summey reportedly sideswiped a utility pole causing him to spin across the intersection, officers say. Police say Summey then rear-ended another pole, bringing down power lines.

Summey was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police say.

The intersection was shut down for several hours as crews repaired the power lines. The intersection has since reopened.

Summey was charged with driving while impaired, careless driving, failure to maintain lane control and failing to wear a seat belt.

Drivers were asked to take alternate routes as this "will effect the morning commute," police said.

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