Julian Bala Baskar Willaim, 33, pleaded guilty to careless driving and driving while impaired in the early hours of Wednesday, Dec. 20., in the vicinity of Homestead Crescent along Shamrock Road.

Crown counsel Toyin Salako said the single-car accident occurred around 3:10 a.m. when Mr. Willaim lost control of his car, which hit a wooden utility pole.

Mr. Willaim told Chief Magistrate Nova Hall that Tuesday had been his last day of work and he was leaving the island Thursday, Dec. 21. He said friends had a going-away function for him and he drank three beers.

He acknowledged being tired as he drove home, but said a dog in the road caused him to swerve.

The magistrate commented that it was fortunate no one was injured in the crash. She fined Willaim $600 for careless driving and $300 for driving while impaired. He was disqualified from driving for a year.

The crash caused a power outage from Red Bay through Newlands, the Caribbean Utilities Company said. It also left the road closed at morning rush hour and throughout much of Wednesday, as CUC engineers worked to fix the damaged pole and restore electricity to surrounding homes.

The eastbound lane reopened just after 1:30 p.m. and police fully reopened the road around 3.30 p.m.

A spokeswoman for CUC said 4,807 customers were affected as a result of the accident. The power went out at 3:13 a.m. and was restored at 4:28 a.m., she said.

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