'Drunk speeding' driver causes town blackout after Inverell accident 

A 39-YEAR-OLD Emmaville man has faced Inverell Court today after he crashed his van into a power pole causing a blackout across Inverell last night.

The accident had caused the pole to be severed approximately 1.5 metres from the ground, causing an electricity failure throughout Inverell for over an hour until Essential Energy could fix the service.

The driver was nowhere to be seen, although police found a 15-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl near the scene of the accident suffering concussion, cuts and abrasions.

The children were taken to Inverell Hospital where they remained overnight for observation.

This morning police arrested a man at an address in Inverell.

 He was taken to Inverell hospital for treatment for minor injuries before being taken to Inverell Police Station and charged with driving while disqualified, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, negligent driving, driving while under the influence of alcohol and failing to give details to owner of damaged property.

Inverell Inspector Rowan O'Brien said that alcohol and excessive speed were believed to be major contributing factors in the incident.

"The level of destruction sustained by the vehicle and power pole has left responding emergency services astounded that no persons received more significant injuries than those that were treated," Inspector O'Brien said.

The man was refused bail after a brief court appearance this morning and will face Inverell Local Court tomorrow.

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