Driver charged with DUI after crashing into telephone pole in Huntington

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HUNTINGTON — A single-vehicle crash into a telephone pole on Main Road led to the arrest of a Bristol man for driving under the influence late Sunday afternoon.

Vermont State Police reported that at about 12:50 p.m., they responded to the scene near 260 Main Road where they found a 2014 Audi A6 with heavy front-end damage.

The vehicle, driven by 31-year-old Benjamin Smith, was totaled after striking and severing the telephone pole, which fell and obstructed the roadway.

Troopers noted that the road was dry and the weather overcast at the time of the accident.

Smith, who was wearing a seatbelt, displayed signs of impairment and was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.

After processing at the Williston Police Department, he was released with a citation to appear in Chittenden County Superior Court on Jan. 18 at 8:15 a.m.

A passenger in the vehicle sustained suspected minor injuries and was transported to UVM Medical Center.

The road was closed for an extended period as the Huntington Fire Department and Green Mountain Power worked to clear the scene.

No further information regarding the condition of the injured passenger was immediately available.

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