Stearns County Sheriff's Department

(St. Stephen MN-) A Rice man avoided injury after striking and shearing off a power pole in Stearns County Tuesday morning. However, 43-year-old Aaron Salzer did not avoid being charged with drunk driving. The sheriff's department says at 2:03 a.m. they received a report that an SUV had left the road and sheared off the pole at the intersection of County Road 2 and 421st Street, north of St. Stephen. Power lines belonging to Stearns Electric were stretched across the roadway. Salzer was not hurt was arrested on charges of 3rd Degree Driving While Intoxicated.