Suspected intoxicated driver blamed for power outage

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Richard D. Havens, 48, crashed into a utility pole on South Fourth Street on Saturday night, resulting in one of two late-night power outages.

The second power outage occurred after a transformer ignited near Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 200 Riverside Drive. Hundreds of residents and employees were evacuated as a result.

The wreck occurred at approximately 9:37 p.m. near the intersection of Fourth and Garden streets.

According to the Uvalde Police Department, Havens was traveling east on East Garden Street when he turned onto South Fourth Street and collided with the pole. Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department was also dispatched to the scene.

The collision resulted in the loss of power for some American Electric Power Texas customers, but spokesman Rita Parrish said a total number of customers affected was not available at the time the newspaper was to be printed.


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