Crash causes more than 11,000 people to lose power in North Myrtle Beach area; man charged with DUI

Crash causes more than 11,000 people to lose power in North Myrtle Beach area; man charged with DUI
Rickey Lee Watkins (Source: JRLDC)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A crash involving a driver who was under the influence caused more than 11,000 people to lose power in the North Myrtle Beach area Tuesday, according to North Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Garry Spain.

Online records show Rickey Lee Watkins, 58, is charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain proof of insurance, driving under suspension and hit-and-run.

Spain said a vehicle hit a power pole on Little River Neck Road around 8 p.m. causing the power pole to split in half.

WMBF viewers began to call and report a power outage around this time in the Little River, Cherry Grove, and North Myrtle Beach area.

Lights around the Grand Strand also flickered during this time, including throughout the city of Myrtle Beach.

North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety posted on Facebook asking drivers to avoid Hill Street and James Island Avenue due to an accident around 8:20 p.m. It has been confirmed that this was the accident that caused the outage.

North Myrtle Beach DPS asks motorists to avoid Hill Street and James Island Ave in Little River Neck due to Accident.

Posted by North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The City of North Myrtle Beach said that the driver is now in North Myrtle Beach Police custody.

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