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Power pole severed, man arrested in Escanaba crash


ESCANABA, MI— A man was arrested after his car severed a power pole in Escanaba early Wednesday morning.

Department of Public Safety officers were dispatched around 12:55 a.m. to Danforth Road, east of the Danforth hill train crossing.

They say the vehicle was westbound when it went into the ditch on the opposite side of the road. It continued in the ditch until it went airborne, flipped over, hit and broke a power pole, and came to rest on its roof.

The driver—identified as Fred Arthur Patterson—was able to get out of the vehicle, uninjured.

Following an investigation, Patterson was arrested for operating under the influence of drugs – 3rd offense.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.