Food truck driver hits utility pole, charged with DUI

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PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A food truck crashed into a utility pole Sunday morning in Priceville. Police Chief Billy Peebles says the driver, Jason Lafferty, took out the power pole and lights and was arrested "for driving under the influence of alcohol."

Lafferty is an employee of the Food Fighters Bustaurant.

It happened at the intersection of Highway 67 and Bethel Road. Crews had to place stop signs at the intersection until they could put up temporary telephone poles. "That's a temporary fix," says Peebles. "They will come back out and concrete the poles back to the ground."

In addition to leaving quite a mess behind, with the power out for more than nine hours, many local businesses we talked to had to keep their doors locked until the power could be restored.

"We open up at about 7 a.m., so we didn't open up until about 12:00 p.m. when we got power back," says Lester Collins, the manager of Foodland in Priceville.

Collins decided to keep all the doors shut, which kept any produce from spoiling, but says it hurt some of his bottom line. "About half of what we'd do on a Sunday," says Collins.

He admits the whole situation could have been a lot worse. "And when I got here, I would have bet you a hundred dollars that the guy driving the wheel would have been dead," he said.

More than 100 homes also lost power for a few hours Sunday morning.