Man with 18 drunken driving offenses slams into utility pole on Cape Cod

FALMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) — A man with almost 20 prior drunken driving offenses was seriously hurt Thursday night when he slammed into a utility pole on a highway in Falmouth.

Police say officers responded around 8:30 p.m. to the North Falmouth Highway near McMenamy Drive for a report of crash and found a Toyota Scion that had went off the road.

The driver was said to be trapped inside with live wires around his car when crews arrived at the scene.

Francis Vierkant, 58, of Mashpee, was pulled from the car and taken to a Boston area hospital with serious injuries.

Vierkant has 18 prior drunken driving offenses on his record from Massachusetts and Florida, according to police.

The road was closed for an extended period of time while crews worked to clear the crash.

Police say it appears alcohol was a factor in the crash. The incident is under investigation. No charges have been filed.

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