Columbia police officials have identified the man accused of driving under the influence and hitting a utility pole that downed power lines along Harden and Gervais streets, forcing motorists to find an alternate way to work Tuesday morning.
Jennifer Timmons, a department spokeswoman, said Darrell Allen Thompson, 25, was charged with DUI and hit-and-run resulting in property damage in connection with the incident.
Timmons said Thompson allegedly struck the utility pole at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning while he was driving impaired.
Harden and Gervais streets have been temporarily close while SCE&G crews are attempting to fix the damaged pole, Timmons said.
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Motorists in the area will need to find an alternate route around the area, and be cautious of emergency crews working to clear the scene.