Alleged drunk driver ploughs through power pole

AN alleged drunk driver is lucky to be alive after losing control of his Toyota Hilux and ploughing through a power pole in Sydney’s Inner West.

The 23-year-old man was travelling along Edna Street in Lilyfield when he lost control of his modified Hilux about 12.20am on Saturday.

The four-wheel-drive mounted the curb and ploughed straight through a power pole, snapping it in half and bringing power lines down across the street.


Incredibly though, despite the force of the impact, the driver and one of his two passengers escaped unscathed.

Source: Twitter via Tiffiny Genders @tiffgenders

The other passenger, man also aged in his 20s, was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with neck pain.

The 23-year-old driver was arrested after failing a roadside breath test and taken to Newtown Police Station where it’s alleged he returned an official breath analysis reading of .107.

He was charged with mid-range drink-driving and is due to appear in Downing Centre Local Court next month.

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