Bryan police Thursday arrested the driver of an 18-wheeler who is accused of hitting a utility pole near Fannin Elementary School and fleeing the scene, Officer Kelley McKethan said in a press release.
Nestor Alfredo Bonilla, 32, was taken to the Brazos County Jail after officers pulled him over during a traffic stop near North Texas Avenue and Old Hearne Road, McKethan said. Bonilla was driving a semi-trailer that had been reported for hitting and breaking a utility pole at East 29th Street and South Hutchins Street, according to the press release.
A witness told authorities that the truck struck the pole while making a right turn onto Hutchins and was leaving the scene.
Bonilla, who is from Carrollton, is charged with striking a fixture, causing more than $200 in damages, a Class B misdemeanor. His bail was set at $3,000.
There were no injuries in the accident, according to the Bryan school district's director of communications, Brandon Webb.
McKethan said 29th Street from Haswell Drive to Baker Avenue will be closed for five to six hours while utility crews make repairs. She did not have more details on the accident that brought down electrical lines.
The closure will not affect the students at Fannin Elementary, which is close to the scene, Webb wrote in a press release. Dismissal will be at 2:45 p.m. and students may be picked up in the usual location, he said.
BTU estimates 100 customers are without power. The power is expected to be restored by 4 p.m.
Webb said the school's power, which is currently unaffected, may be turned off briefly after the lunch hour while repairs continue.