HYANNIS – [DEVELOPING] – As you will see in the following HN Video, police are investigating an explosive and fiery single car crash where the female driver reportedly hopped out and fled the scene.
At about 10:45 p.m. last evening, police and firefighters responded to the intersection of Sea Street and Ocean Ave where they found wires down in the roadway and an electrical pole engulfed in flames.
Explosions brought some nearby residents out of their homes to see what was going on.
Police officers checked nearby Keyes Beach looking for the driver. A K-9 unit arrived and began searching… and the driver managed to evade capture for a period of time until police began receiving calls about a female in the backyards of nearby homes. One caller stated they could hear her coughing. Another caller thought they heard screaming…
Officers reportedly caught up to the female and placed her under arrest for Operating Under the Influence. One patrolman radioed that she was “a mess” and it turned out the woman was not transported to the hospital, but straight to jail instead.
At about 6:00 a.m., crews were still on scene fixing the utility pole and securing power for local residents.
The Barnstable Police are investigating the crash and the driver is likely looking at additional criminal charges…
HN will provide official updates as they become available.
The following HN Video has shots of the burning and exploding pole… there is also an interview with a resident who had lost power and heard the explosions. Cape_news contributed some great shots of the fire just moments after the crash. (Follow cape_news on Instagram)
UPDATE: According to NBC 10 Boston/NECN, the driver has been identified as “48-year-old Nicole Andrews, [and] was found about an hour after the crash hiding behind some nearby homes. Andrews is facing charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of a crash.”
OFFICIAL BARNSTABLE POLICE UPDATE: Late night Hyannis crash results in drunken driving arrest…
Residents of Sea St. Hyannis experienced a sudden power-outage Saturday night after a Volvo station wagon struck a utility pole at Sea St. and Ocean Avenue. The 10:30 pm accident caught the attention of nearby residents who observed a female exiting the damaged Volvo and fleeing on foot. Sometime later, residents heard a woman calling for help and Barnstable officers located 48-year-old Nicole L. Andrews of Hyannis in a nearby backyard. Further investigation revealed Andrews to be the owner of the crashed vehicle and allegedly the vehicle’s operator at the time of the accident. Andrews was placed under arrest and transported to the Barnstable Police Station where she was booked on charges of Operating under the Influence of Alcohol 2nd Offense, Leaving the Scene of an Accident after Property Damage, and Operating to Endanger. Andrews is scheduled for arraignment in Barnstable District on Monday, October 7th.
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