Car Fleeing Police Crashes into Pole in Norwich: Ledyard Police - NBC Connecticut

Car Fleeing Police Crashes into Pole in Norwich: Ledyard Police

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    Laurel Hill Avenue (Route 12) in Norwich was closed after a car struck a pole Sunday night.

    Police have arrested a driver accused of fleeing from police in Ledyard and crashing into a pole in Norwich, knocking out power to around 900 people.

    Authorities confirmed the car crashed into a pole on Laurel Hill Avenue (Route 12) around 10:45 p.m. The road is partially closed while crews work to make repairs.

    Ledyard police said the incident began in their town when police attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle in the business district of Gales Ferry. The driver took off speeding northbound on Route 12 and crashed in Norwich.

    The driver, identified as 38-year-old Derrick Helme, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Backus Hospital for treatment. Charges are pending against him, police said.

    Norwich Public Utilities said Monday morning that the downed pole was affecting about 900 of their customers. The company said that power was restored just before 8:30 a.m. 

    Crews continue to make repairs to the pole.

    Laurel Hill Avenue is open but there are still detours in place. Expect delays traveling through the area between Water Street and Summer Street.

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