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Suspected Drunk Driver Hits Pole on West Street

A local man was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence of alcohol following an early-morning crash on West Street.

A local man was arrested early Monday morning and charged with drunken driving after allegedly slamming his vehicle into a pole on West Street.

Alan R. Potash, 66, of 15 Sapphire Ave., Marblehead, was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

At 1:13 a.m., police, fire and ambulance units responded to West Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The vehicle, according to the reporting party, struck a utility pole.

Potash was reportedly placed under arrest and taken to the .

The vehicle was reportedly inventoried and towed away from the scene and the utility pole was reportedly moved "about four inches" by the impact, according to police.

Potash is expected to be arraigned in Lynn District Court this morning. Marblehead Patch will be posting additional information as it becomes available.

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