Police: Drunk driver hit Entergy substation, knocking out power to nearly 25,000 on West Bank
WESTWEGO -- A man who hit an Entergy substation on the West Bank late Thursday, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses well into Friday morning, was arrested on charges including DWI, Westwego police said.
June Choe, 26, of Bridge City was also booked on a charge of reckless driving, Westwego police said.
His blood-alcohol content was not immediately available, but State Police said it was above the legal limit.
State Police also said Choe had an outstanding warrant, though they could not immediately say on what charges he was wanted.
The crash happened about 10:45 p.m. Thursday.
The resulting outage affected nearly 25,000 customers from Westwego to Marrero.
There were about 3,400 customers without power on the West Bank Friday afternoon, according to Entergy’s outage map, but the electricity provider said all but 500 of the affected customers had their power restored late Friday afternoon.
An Entergy spokesman said those without power should have it restored by 10 p.m.
Asked if the crash would lead to making the substation more secure, Entergy said it will look into what safety features might stop a similar incident from happening again.
We’ll have more on this developing story on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. and on WWLTV.com as information becomes available.