Students at a Sacramento, California middle school got an unexpected break from class today, thanks to an alleged drunk driver in a Torch Red C7 Corvette coupe.
The driver crashed his Stingray into a utility pole about 9:20 p.m. Sunday, knocking out power for hours to thousands of customers in Sacramento County.
While the outage initially affected 10,000 customers, only 55 homes or businesses remained without power by this morning. Arden Middle School was apparently one of those customers, however, no doubt much to the delight of the students there.
School officials sent out a message at 7:10 a.m., notifying parents that classes had been canceled because of “a lack of power and heat on campus.” By 8 a.m., the temperature in Sacramento was just 41 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Suspected drunk driver crashes corvette into power pole shutting down Arden Way at Watt Ave overnight knocking out power to 1,000’s of SMUD customers in the Arden area. pic.twitter.com/zeFkDgaXh0— Breaking News Photos (@onscene911) January 13, 2020
The suspected drunk Corvette driver suffered minor injuries and was carried to a local hospital for treatment, then arrested on DUI charges, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officials closed off the road in the area of the crash overnight and into the afternoon today to keep motorists away as Sacramento Municipal Utility District crews worked to repair the downed lines.
Unfortunately for the students, their free holiday will likely come to an end Tuesday when classes are expected to resume.
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