Lincoln man charged after DUI crash

LINCOLN, R.I. (WLNE) – A Lincoln man was arraigned Thursday after allegedly driving drunk and crashing his car into a utility pole, leaving thousands in the Blackstone Valley in the dark.

36-year-old Justin Perron, 36, of Lincoln appeared before a judge early Thursday afternoon in Kent County District Court.

According to Lincoln Police, Perron caused the mess early Thursday morning when he struck a utility pole with his car around 1:30 am at the intersection of Front Street and River Road in Lincoln.

As a result, National Grid says power was knocked out to roughly 3000 people, leaving many waking up in the dark.

Power was later restored and National Grid was able to replace the pole that was taken down.

But the story doesn’t end there— Lincoln Police say Perron tried to flee the scene after the accident and went on to hit a parked car on Smithfield Avenue in the area of Walker Street.

He was taken into custody there and refused to submit to a chemical test.

Perron was charged with DUI,  Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and numerous other traffic violations.

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