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A utility pole is leaning after it was hit by a car driven by Sabrina Suders. At left, ambulance personnel prepare to transport Suders from the wreckage to a stretcher.

A car went out of control on Highland Avenue Monday, leaving a trail of destruction and pulling down power lines.

Some residents of the upper North Hill were without electrical power after the accident occurred around 2:40 p.m.

A portion of Highland Avenue was still closed at 6 p.m. as Penn Power crews worked on the damage.

New Castle police said Sabrina Suders, 31, of 922 Temple Ave. was driving her brand new orange Chevy Camaro south on Highland when she went off the right side of the road for more than 270 feet, striking three trees, a sign post, another metal marker post and two telephone poles.

One pole was moved more than 25 feet and both front wheels of Suders’ car were broken off, according to police.

Parts of her car were strewn along Highland Avenue and lying in yards.

“There was stuff everywhere,” the officer said.

A semiconscious Suders told police she had drifted off the road, they said.

A driver who had been traveling behind her told police Suders’ car had been weaving all over the road on Coaltown Hill in Neshannock and continuing into the city.

Suders was taken by ambulance to Jameson Hospital.

Police and firefighters from New Castle and Neshannock Township responded and closed Highland Avenue until the debris and wires were cleaned up and the pole replaced.

Police said charges against Suders are pending the outcome of a blood test.

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