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Egg Harbor Township man charged with DWI after hitting Pleasantville electrical pole
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Egg Harbor Township man charged with DWI after hitting Pleasantville electrical pole

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Utility workers repair a utility pole split as a result of a car crash Saturday on the Black Horse Pike in Pleasantville.

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PLEASANTVILLE — An Egg Harbor Township man was charged after he struck an electrical pole Saturday, cutting it in half on the Black Horse Pike and knocking out power to a local motel, police said.

William Turner, 57, was driving west on the pike when he swerved into the eastbound lanes, striking the pole, Lt. Stacey Schlachter said in a statement. Turner’s vehicle caught fire, which city firefighters extinguished.

Turner exited the vehicle and was found in front of the Homestead Apart-Hotel, Schlachter said. He appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Witnesses to Saturday’s crash said the same.

Turner was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus. After being evaluated there, he was transported back to the city Police Department, where he was charged with driving under the influence and released pending court.

About 4:15 a.m. Saturday, a number of tenants were woken up by the sound of a vehicle crashing into the pole outside the motel.

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The pole was severed at the base, tangling wires and leaving at least 70 families without power until late in the afternoon.

Lisa Sodano, president of the organization Loving Families in Need Matter, was staying overnight in preparation for a Mother’s Day food giveaway at the motel.

One of the tenants, knowing Sodano’s background in the medical field, knocked on her door to tell her a man had just crashed and needed help. Sodano walked outside and saw the road and adjacent parking lot covered in glass. Barefoot, she quickly made her way to the car and pulled the man out, she said.

As she ran up to the car, she also noticed a fire starting.

“He had no blood, nothing,” Sodano said Saturday. “He just had vomit on him and he was shaken up. And then they found needles, drugs, all kinds of stuff. It’s sad, but we’re lucky because he could have hit the pole and wiped out all these cars.”

Contact Vincent Jackson: 609-272-7202

vjackson@pressofac.com

Twitter@ACPressJackson

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