BPD: Man gets 4th DUI, damages power pole on Noriega and Old Farm Roads

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Around 9 a.m. Wednesday, Bakersfield police officers were dispatched to Noriega and Old Farm Roads regarding a traffic collision with a power pole down.

When officers arrived they discovered that the driver of a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup, identified as 52-year-old Robert Vickery of Bakersfield, had navigated a westbound turn onto Noriega Road from Old Farm Road and began accelerating rapidly.

Officers said Vickery ran into the south sidewalk where he collided with and sheared off a power pole. Vickery then traveled into the westbound lanes of Noriega Road and into a field on the north side of the roadway where he struck a chain link fence.

Officers said they discovered that Vickery appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and he was arrested for DUI. Officers said since this was Vickery's fourth arrest for DUI in the last 10 years, he will be charged with a felony.

Vickery was uninjured in the collision.

The collision caused a power outage in the area and PG&E has responded to repair the damaged power pole.

The intersection of Old Farm and Noriega Roads is closed as well as Noriega Road between Old Farm Road and Jewetta Avenue until further notice.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

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