Suspect in crash that knocked out power to hundreds had BAC at twice legal limit

RALEIGH, North Carolina -- The Raleigh Police Department says a man who left hundreds of people without power in a Wednesday morning crash was drunk.

According to an arrest report, 22-year-old Christopher Cordero Estes had a blood-alcohol level of twice the legal limit. Estes allegedly recorded a .16 on a breathalyzer test. You're considered impaired under North Carolina law at .08.

Christopher Cordero Estes

image courtesy Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification

The crash happened just before 3 a.m. in a residential area on North King Charles Road at Surrey Road.

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It appears the vehicle was speeding and hit a speed bump, went airborne, and then struck a utility pole.

The impact caused the pole to break in half, which left power lines dangling on the road.

Estes was not injured despite the car overturning on its roof.

Hundreds of residents near the area were without power due to the damage.


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