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Police seek driver involved in Idlewild hit-and-run

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were looking for the driver whose car crashed into a power pole early Monday on Idlewild Road, knocking down lines and forcing a closure of the road for nearly eight hours.

The crash also knocked out power to about 1,000 Duke Energy customers in east and southeast Charlotte, although full service was restored in the area by midmorning Monday.

The wreck apparently took place about 4:10 a.m., which is when power outages were reported in east Charlotte. Police say a motorist apparently lost control of a Buick sedan, which slammed into a power pole on Idlewild Road at Highbrook Avenue. That is about two blocks west of East W.T. Harris Boulevard.

The crash knocked down power lines. Police closed Idlewild Road to through traffic between East W.T. Harris Boulevard and East Independence Boulevard. Inbound traffic on Idlewild Road was detoured during the morning commute to Harris Boulevard, south to Independence Boulevard.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they spent nearly two hours searching for the car’s driver, who fled the wreck. The police K-9 dog search unit was called out, but the motorist was not found.

Residents in the area said they were told by police that women’s shoes were found inside the car, and investigators suspect the driver might have been a woman.

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