Wareham Police responded Saturday night to a report of a vehicle that struck a utility pole at the corner of C.W. Bishop and Union Avenues.
At the scene officers found the pole had been completely sheared off and was being held up only by wires and the vehicle was resting against the butt of the pole.
The driver, 65 year old Lynn Shaughnessy of East Wareham, appeared to be impaired and was transported to a hospital for observation.
As the result of an on-scene investigation, Shaughnessy is being summonsed to Wareham District Court to face charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and marked lanes violation.