Driver charged with DUI, lanes blocked after car crash causes major power outages along Washington Road

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says most of Washington Road is opening back up and most power is restored after a crash on Washington Road.

It happened Wednesday at 10:05 p.m. on Washington Road, just off Riverwatch Parkway. One lane is open along most of Washington Road into the morning hours, but drivers can expect some delays.

The Georgia Power outage map shows that, at one point, 228 customers were without power, but those outages have been restored.

The sheriff's office says a Nissan Rogue hit a utility pole, causing the lines to hang low to the ground. Later, a tractor-trailer caught on the power lines and caused five poles to break.

The only spot still without power is the nearby Wife Saver restaurant.

The driver of the Nissan, Anthony Perez, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and he's been charged with DUI, failure to maintain a lane, reckless driving, and no proof of insurance.

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