Drunk driving accident knocked out power for thousands in Orchard Park

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Parts of Big Tree Road were blocked off Friday as crews worked to restore power to thousands of customers in Orchard Park. A drunk driver crashed into a telephone pole before 3 am, just a couple miles away from New Era Field

“As officers were heading to the area one of our officers observed a Black Dodge Ram pickup truck with heavy front end damage and the air bags deployed heading down Thorn Avenue which is just off of Big Tree Road and maybe a half mile away from the accident scene,” said Orchard Park Police Lieutenant Joseph Ray.

Police say 21-year-old Anthony Peters of Orchard Park was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

“This happens after every game somebody overindulges and doesn’t have a backup plan,” said Lieutenant Joseph Ray.

Police say the pole Peters struck is connected to a major transmission line, leaving much of the town without power for part of the day South Davis Elementary School cancelled classes due to the outage, and Orchard Park Middle School students were dismissed at 10:30. Several businesses like Tim Horton’s also had to close their doors.

“Businesses were actually sending people home by 4 am, night shifts and people doing work on Center Drive because they had no power,” said Lieutenant Joseph Ray.

“I came here to pick up some paper work for the doctor’s office and I get here and all the power is out, so everybody’s gone,” said Michael Roberson of Buffalo.

Lieutenant Joseph Ray says repairing the damage costs between 10 to 20 thousand dollars.

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