Driver being charged with OUI in crash that closed Florence Rd.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP)- A 23 year-old man from Easthampton will be summonsed to court and charged with his second OUI offense, after police say he crashed his SUV into a utility pole early Tuesday morning

Florence Road was closed from Burts Pit Road to Ryan Road for hours as National Grid crews make repairs to the downed utility pole and power lines.

Norhtampton Police Sgt. Joseph Barszcz  told 22News that around 12:45 A.M., the Easthampton Police Department contacted them, reporting that they believed an intoxicated driver was headed into Northampton.

Shortly afterward, a Northampton police officer spotted the car and tried to stop it, Sgt. Barszcz said.

The car did not stop and crashed into a utility pole; severing the pole and knocking down power lines, Sgt. Barszcz said.

Northampton Police Detective Patrick Moody told 22News that the crash caused the man to be thrown from the SUV, and he was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, but is expected to survive.

The roadway was closed until about 9:30 A.M.

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