GRIFTON, PITT COUNTY - A teen was driving to school when he rolled his car over Thursday morning, downing power lines and causing outages for almost 200 households, officials said.
The teen told investigators he was heading to Ayden Grifton High School just after 8 a.m., when a deer ran out in front of him, according to Trooper Everette Deans. The teen then over-corrected and tried to get back on the road, but his car hit a utility pole and rolled over at the corner of Marvin Taylor Road and East Hanrahan Road in Grifton, Trooper Deans said. The vehicle was totaled.
The teen was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, Trooper Deans told NewsChannel 12. No one else was hurt.
But the wreck caused about 175 homes to lose power, according to an official with the Ayden Electric Department. At last check, all but three of those residences had electricity restored.
The teen was charged with failure to maintain lane control. Speed was not a factor, Trooper Deans said. The father of the teen came to the scene and took his son to school.