An animal in the road caused a car early Wednesday to skid off the Valdosta Highway and crash into a Georgia Power pole, shearing the pole in two, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Crystal Steedley, 50, of Albany Avenue, and her passenger, Christopher Wildes, 31, also of Albany Avenue, both refused treatment by the Ware County Emergency Medical Service technicians who responded, said Royal.
Driving a 2002 Dodge Intrepid, Steedley told lawmen an animal entered the highway and she swerved to avoid hitting the animal, which was thought to be a large dog. Royal said the car then swerved into a ditch and slammed into the power pole.
Traffic was rerouted off the Valdosta Highway for several hours and well into the morning while Georgia Power linemen replaced the pole and reconnected the lines, Royal said.
The sheriff said there was no indication of the presence of alcohol on the driver. However, she was arrested for driving with a suspended license and was taken to the Ware County jail following the 12:18 a.m. crash.
Residents in the area reported a power outage that lasted for more than six hours.