Piece of power pole dangling from wires a week after accident
Part of a broken utility pole has been hanging from wires on Meeting Street Road for a week, the result of a middle-of-the-night traffic accident.
"It looks dangerous," said Ann Polk, office manager at nearby Mescons. "We've called SCE&G to see when they were going to come and fix this, but they couldn't tell us," Polk said.
South Carolina Electric & Gas spokeswoman Kim Asbill said the utility is making plans to replace the pole on Friday.
"It's very unusual to see something like that. They assured me that it's safe," Asbill said.
The situation is a result of an accident that happened at about 3 a.m. Feb. 21 when Sarah Rae Trenis, who is charged with driving under the influence, lost control of her car and hit the power pole in the 1600 block of Meeting Street Road, police said.
The incident was captured on security cameras at adjacent Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Systems.
"It was a pretty violent accident," said Doug Wickenhoefer, a partner and owner at Moonlighting.
The video shows Trenis' car slamming into the pole, which breaks into three pieces. Her 2007 Dodge Caliber rolled on its left side, and Trenis told police she crawled out of the vehicle.
Wickenhoefer said the same pole has been struck three times, including one other time when a piece of power pole was left dangling from the lines, just like it was Thursday.
Trenis, 33, of Shadow Drive in Mount Pleasant, told police she had consumed two vodka and orange juice drinks. She could not remember if she dropped something or was changing the radio station when she swerved and hit the pole, police said.
Trenis was taken to Medical University Hospital for an evaluation, then was booked at the Cannon Detention Center on Feb. 21. She was released later that day on a $1,022 bond and has a city court date on March 13, a jail spokeswoman said.