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A 38-year-old suspected drunk driver crashed into a utility pole in Pontiac on Thursday night after leading a deputy on a brief chase, officials said.

The incident happened around 8:36 p.m. in the area of Elizabeth Lake and Telegraph roads, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy working an impaired driving detail for St. Patrick’s Day attempted a traffic stop for a speeding white Ford pickup, the sheriff’s office said. The driver, a West Bloomfield Township resident, refused to stop and lead the deputy on a chase.

The driver fled for a short distance before crashing in a utility pole on Johnson, north of Elizabeth Lake Road.

“There were open alcohol containers in the vehicle and the driver admitted to drinking,” the sheriff’s office wrote in an incident report Friday.

The driver, who had minor injuries, was taken by ambulance to McLaren Hospital and consented to a blood draw, officials said. The driver was wearing a seat belt and the air bags deployed. He was released from the hospital pending toxicology results from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

The sheriff’s office said it is preparing a warrant for operating while intoxicated, first offense and fleeing and eluding police.

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