Part of Flanders Road in Flanders was closed last Wednesday night, December 26, after Southampton Town Police said an intoxicated driver crashed into a utility pole, ripping down live wires. The stretch of road, between Evergreen Road and Wood Road Trail, was closed overnight before being reopened the following morning.
Daniel R. Halstead, 22, of Calverton struck the pole with his 2000 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck near Glider Avenue at 9:57 p.m. on Wednesday night, December 26, Southampton Town Police Sergeant Herbert Johnson said. The crash caused live wires to fall across the truck and the roadway, closing that part of the road until Long Island Power Authority crews could respond, he said.
“There were live wires across the road and car. They couldn’t get the car out of there until LIPA came and cleared the wires,” Sgt. Johnson explained, adding that he did not know if the crash itself caused a power outage, but said he was sure the power had to be turned off at some point while the wires were cleared.
The road was reopened between between 9 and 10 a.m. the next day, he said.
Mr. Halstead, the sole occupant of his truck, was not injured in the crash, police said. He had left the scene to get help, but returned shortly afterward and admitted to having been the driver, officers said. He failed sobriety tests and was arrested at 10:31 p.m., charged with misdemeanor DWI and held overnight for a morning arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.
Following his arraignment, he was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $500 bail, court officials said. He is due back in court at 9 a.m. on January 23.