Nova Scotia

Portland Street closes after driver hits power pole

About 1,400 Nova Scotia Power customers — including two hospitals — were without power after an impaired driver lost control of his car, knocked down a power pole and damaged a fire hydrant on Portland Street in Dartmouth early Tuesday morning.

About 1,400 Nova Scotia Power customers — including two hospitals — were without power after an impaired driver lost control of his car, knocked down a power pole and damaged a fire hydrant on Portland Street in Dartmouth early Tuesday morning.

Halifax police said they received a call around 4:20 a.m. They said 26-year-old driver failed a breathalyzer test and is now facing charges. He was not hurt.

Police have shutdown Portland Street between Gaston Road and Prince Arthur Road .

Nova Scotia Power said it would take most of the day to repair the damage.

Woman hits pole, flees

Meanwhile a woman crashed her car on Brunswick Street, then ran away from the scene, leaving her car and a damaged power pole behind.

Halifax police said the street is open to traffic at the scene of the crash, near North Street.

There are no reports of power outages in the area.

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