According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the man failed to negotiate a curve a half mile west of town at Farm Road 178 and Ozynard Drive and his 2005 Nissan Altime went off the road and struck the pole about 1 a.m.
Springfield Police Maj. Kurt Manlove said the man was weaving the street and was believed to be driving impaired. He had sped away when officers attempted a traffic stop.
He is currently hospitalized and has not yet been cited, Manlove said.
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