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Police say DWI crash halts Farmington traffic

Semitrailer truck driver arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

The Daily Times staff
Farmington Electric Utility employees work on a downed light pole Friday near the intersection of East Main Street and Schofield Lane in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Westbound traffic on East Main Street near Schofield Lane was delayed for almost an hour this afternoon after a semitrailer truck driver struck a utility light pole, causing it to fall across the roadway.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said the driver of the semitrailer was attempting to turn north onto Schofield Lane at approximately 3:47 p.m. when he struck the light pole and it fell into the street.

Allen said utility workers removed the impediment by approximately 4:35 p.m.

Harold Johnson, 59, is placed under arrest on suspicion of drunken driving on Friday near Main Street in Farmington.

Allen identified Harold Johnson, 59, as the driver of the semitrailer truck. He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drunken driving, a second offense, and possessing an open container of liquor within a vehicle, according to Allen. 

Allen said the semitrailer, which was carrying a wide load at the time of the crash, is owned by Consolidated Constructors Inc. An employee who answered the Farmington company's telephone this afternoon said the company's owners were unavailable to comment because they were at the crash scene.