Police: Leaping dog causes driver to crash into utility pole in Westport

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An Eversource crew is still working to fix a utility pole after a car crashed into it early Monday afternoon, officials said.

A person driving a white SUV on Maple Road — accompanied by another passenger and a dog — was distracted when the dog jumped into the driver’s lap, causing the car to swerve and hit a fence followed by the utility pole, officials said. All of the occupants were evaluated on the scene but none were transported to the hospital, according to Assistant Fire Chief Brian Meadows.

Police said the two passengers reported minor injuries.

The driver — later identified as Anita Lehall — was charged with failure to drive in the proper lane and distracted driving amounting to a $287 fine, according to police Lt. Eric Woods. Maple Avenue was closed from 1:30 until about 5 p.m., Woods said.

First responders had to disconnect the power lines to remove the vehicle, which was tangled in wires, according to officials. Eversource arrived at the scene shortly after responders to fix the damage and are still trying to mend the damage, according to Woods.