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Video report - Kingsport crash causes downtown power outage; driver arrested on drug, other charges

Kacie Dingus Breeding • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Kingsport police arrest Andrea Suzanne Holley on drug and other charges after she crashed her SUV into a power pole on Pinebrook Drive Wednesday. Photo by Ned Jilton II.


KINGSPORT — Police arrested a Kingsport woman Wednesday after a single-vehicle crash that police say endangered her juvenile son and rendered a sizable portion of the city powerless.

Andrea Suzanne Holley, 30, of 1238 Nassau Drive, was driving a 1999 Toyota 4Runner when the vehicle left Pinebrook Drive and struck a power pole, breaking it in half. Her juvenile son was in the vehicle, police said, and he suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Immediately after the crash, Holley was taken to the Kingsport city jail on two counts of possession of Schedule II drugs and six counts of possession of Schedule IV drugs, as well as charges of reckless aggravated assault, driving under the influence second offense, and failure to maintain proper control of her vehicle, according to a Kingsport Police Department press release. She was transferred to the Sullivan County Detention Center Wednesday evening.

The power outage caused by the downed pole affected about 1,190 customers, most of whom were located between Gibson Mill Road and Brookside Drive on Stone Drive and also Jack White Drive, according to American Electric Power spokesman Isaac Webb.

Traffic lights on Stone Drive from about Gibson Mill to Brookside Drive were also affected, Webb said.

As AEP worked to restore power to the affected customers, a temporary workaround soon restored power to all of the Stone Drive intersections except Pinebrook, where a crew worked to replace the damaged power pole.

Webb said AEP hoped to have power restored by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. A call to Kingsport police around 8 p.m. confirmed that the power was back on and all the traffic lights were once again in working order.

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