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Police: Drag-racing driver "highly intoxicated" after crashing, causing power outage

A Northside drag race led to a crash and power outage early Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand) A Northside drag race led to a crash and power outage early Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand)
NORTHSIDE, OH (FOX19) -

More than 500 Duke Energy customers lost power for about two hours overnight after a street race ended in a crash on West Fork Road and Hayes Avenue.

Cincinnati police were called to the area about 2 a.m. Tuesday. The driver of an eastbound Chrysler PT Cruiser lost control as he raced another vehicle and crashed into a telephone pole, sending wires down in the road, said Lt. Tim Brown, the night chief.

The pole was suspended in mid-air, cutting power to about 541 Duke Energy customers until 4 a.m.

The PT Cruiser continued on eastbound West Fork Road before slamming into a building and finally coming to a stop. The driver, who is in his 20s, was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators are still working to confirm his identity. The man was "highly intoxicated" and is being "very uncooperative," Brown said.

Police plan to charge him with "at least" reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

"They think he was drag racing, but the other driver is nowhere to be found," Brown said.

The building, which houses Mees Distributors Inc., did not suffer structural damage. 

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