Pair arrested after Sompting power cut crash

Two men have been arrested after a car crashed into a lamppost, cutting the power supply to about 200 homes.

The vehicle overturned and knocked down the post and a fibre-optic cable cabinet in Cokeham Lane, Sompting, West Sussex, before crashing into a wall.

It happened shortly before 22:00 BST on Sunday. Two men were arrested after a police search.

The pair, aged 32 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving. Officers are appealing for witnesses.

The 36-year-old, of no fixed address, was also held on suspicion of driving without a licence and driving without insurance. He has been released on bail until 24 November.

The 32-year-old, from Sompting, remains in police custody.

A UK Power Networks spokeswoman said: "The accident happened at 21:58 and initially affected 148 customers, though supplies to a further 50 had to be isolated while UK Power Networks engineers carried out repairs.

"They worked as quickly and as safely as possible and restored power to 51 customers by 00:52 and the rest by 06:00."

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