HALIFAX -- About 1,400 Nova Scotia Power customers were without power early New Year's Day in Halifax after an impaired driver lost control of his vehicle and knocked down a utility pole.

Police say the car struck the utility pole and a fire hydrant around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday on Portland Street in Dartmouth.

They say the pole was knocked to the ground and power lines were blocking traffic.

Police say the 26-year-old driver, who was not injured, failed a breathalyzer test and is facing charges.

Police shut down the street between Gaston Road and Prince Arthur Road as Nova Scotia Power worked to repair the damage.

The utility says the pole was severely damaged and the repair work was expected to take several hours.

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia Power says about 650 customers were also without power in Windsor after a vehicle struck a utility pole in that community.