UPDATE: Driver who struck light pole arrested for drunk driving
Merrill Police and fire personnel responded at approximately 3:40 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a vehicle driving off the roadway and striking a light pole on East First Street between the cross streets of Mill and Poplar in downtown Merrill. Merrill Street Department staff responded as well to assist in removing the downed pole. One occupant was found in the vehicle which had sustained considerable front end damage. East First Street remained slowed and under the direction of the Merrill Police Department while scene cleanup continues.
According to Merrill Police reports, the driver displayed indications of intoxication and was placed through field sobriety tests. As a result of those tests he was arrested for operating while intoxicated.