Man crashes car, climbs Dartmouth transmission tower

More than 4,000 Nova Scotia Power customers in Dartmouth were without power early Friday morning after a man climbed a transmission tower and had to be talked down by Halifax Regional Police.

4,000 Nova Scotia Power customers lose power

Workers clean up the crash site just off the MacKay Bridge on Friday morning. (CBC)

More than 4,000 Nova Scotia Power customers in Dartmouth were without power early Friday morning after a man climbed a transmission tower and had to be talked down by Halifax Regional Police.

Halifax Regional Police Staff Sgt. Bill Morris told CBC News the incident began shortly after 3 a.m. on Highway 111 near Mic Mac Mall.

"We had an officer sitting on Highway 111 doing radar, saw a vehicle travelling northbound at a very high rate of speed," he said Friday.

"The vehicle took the ramp to go to Burnside, lost control, ended up on a different ramp, flipped."

Morris said as officers approached the vehicle, a man got out, ran toward a nearby Nova Scotia Power transmission tower and started climbing about 18 metres up.

A negotiator was called and the man climbed down after about two hours. He was taken to the Dartmouth General Hospital to be checked out.

"Speed is definitely a factor but we're looking at alcohol as well," Morris said.

Nova Scotia Power disconnected power to about 4,000 customers as a precaution. Electricity has since been restored.

Halifax Regional Police said the ramp that runs from Highway 111 to Burnside was opened as of 7:15 a.m., while the ramp that runs off Victoria Road toward Halifax would be closed until approximately 8 a.m.