High-speed crash knocks out power

A man driving at a high rate of speed on Linford Pierson Highway knocked out power to much of Grand Cayman early Saturday morning when the vehicle he was traveling in went out of control and crashed into a utility pole in George Town, police said.

The 31-year-old driver was arrested at the scene of the one-vehicle accident near Rankin Drive on suspicion of DUI and dangerous driving, according to a news release issued by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

As a result of the crash, two utility poles caught fire, including the pole that the Ford Edge the man was driving crashed into when the vehicle left the road about 1:45 a.m., police said. Authorities said electricity was off for several hours from the South Sound substation to the eastern districts of Grand Cayman.

The driver, who was alone, was transported to Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town where he was examined by a doctor and later discharged without serious injury, police said. Officials said the driver has been placed on police bail.

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