Busy Shelby road partially reopens after DUI crash

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SHELBY, N.C. —

A busy road in Shelby partially reopened around noon Monday after an overnight crash knocked down power lines.

Troopers said 18-year-old Zachary Bowling was driving drunk when he passed out and crashed into a utility pole on Highway 180 near Highway 18 around 3 a.m.

They said after the crash, Bowling then left the scene.

Troopers found him a few miles away and arrested him. Paramedics took a passenger in that car to the hospital but he is expected to be OK.

Utility crews had Highway 180 closed in both directions for most of the morning. To get onto Highway 18 from 180 drivers are being told to take New Prospect Church Road or Alree Drive to Saunders Road.

Motorists traveling south on 18 can do the opposite and take Saunders to Arlee or New Prospect Church.

Check back with wsoctv.com for updates on this developing story.