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Power back on after truck crashes into business

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Many Saginaw Township residents were without power after a truck slammed into the side of Patty Fleming's Pub on State Street. Power has since been restored.

The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said they believe the man was driving drunk when he crashed into the bar. The man is in serious, but stable condition.

"This is not the first time," said Gerald Valeck, owner of the pub.

The driver, a 44-year-old Saginaw Township man, ran off the road and hit a transformer, knocking out power to nearly 800 customers. Then he plowed through a guard rail and was ejected from the vehicle when he crashed into the entrance of the pub. 

Saginaw Township police said in this case it appears the driver may have been driving under the influence.

Lt. John Pelkki said the driver is lucky to be alive.

Meanwhile, Valeck said he hopes something can be done about what he calls a very tricky turn right in front of his bar.

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