Truck Takes Down Poles, Closes Road

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A busy street in Lackawanna County is open again after a crash closed part of it for hours.

Police said early Wednesday morning the driver of a dump truck crashed into two utility poles in Dunmore, then took off.

Now authorities say the man should not have been driving in the first place.

Drinker Street in Dunmore is open, but crews are still working to fix two utility poles after a suspected drunk driver plowed into them early Wednesday.

Police arrested Donald Meshach of South Abington Township. They said they found him about 3 a.m. running from the scene of the crash.

The crash happened on Drinker Street close to the exit for Interstate 81.

Authorities said Meshach was driving a dump truck that belongs to his employer.

The employer told police Meshach did not have permission to use the truck Tuesday night.

In fact, police said, Meshach should not have been driving anything. They said his license has been suspended since 2001.

Meshach hasn’t been charged yet but police said he will likely be charged with driving under the influence and with fleeing the scene of an accident.

The crash did not knock down the power lines so drivers only had to deal with some extra traffic.

No homes or businesses lost power because of the crash.

Crews from PPL will be on the scene all day working to clean up the mess.

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