Sep 13, 2015 8:40 AM

Driver charged with DWI after hitting utility pole in Exeter

EXETER - A driver who crashed into a utility pole on Route 101 on Saturday night has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

Police say Robert Bobola, 57, of Exeter, was driving east in a black Ford F-350 pickup truck that had been seen speeding and swerving on the road.

When police responded to the accident just before 11 p.m., they found the truck had hit a utility pole on the south side of Route 101, west of Exit 9. The driver was unconscious, the doors were locked and police had to break a window to reach him.

Police say it appears he had been driving too fast and went off the left side of the road, then overcompensated by pulling to the right, causing the vehicle to spin clockwise and hitting the utility pole on the rear driver's side.

Bobola was transported by Exeter Fire and Rescue to the Exeter Hospital, where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

After the truck was removed from the scene, an emergency crew from Unitil arrived to stabilize the utility pole that had been damaged.

Bobola was ultimately placed under arrest and charged with DWI. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 8 in the 7th Circuit Court, District Division of Brentwood.

The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper George Sanborn at (603) 223-8490.


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