One man is in custody on investigation of driving under the influence after a car hit a power pole on Bel Aire in Aberdeen Wednesday night knocking out power to hundreds. The Grays Harbor PUD restored power to 400 customers affected with overnight repairs.
The Aberdeen Police Department said in a press release that the 21-year old Aberdeen man was transported to the GH Community Hospital Wednesday night May 29th following the collision with a power pole. At about 9:10 PM the impact with the 2012 Ford Focus sheared off the power pole just above ground, and rolled the car onto the roof in the 1800 block of Bel Aire Ave. Power lines were brought down, resulting in outages.
After the collision, witnesses observed the driver fleeing the scene on foot toward the Westerly Drive and Sherwood Lane area. Aberdeen officers responded to the scene, backed by Hoquiam PD and a Grays Harbor County deputy sheriff K-9 team. The suspect fled into a wooded area known as the Sherwood Forest, where the K-9 team located the suspect down a steep embankement and took him into custody.
A search warrant was secured for blood evidence, as officers suspected the driver to be impaired by intoxicants. Speed is also believed to be a contributing factor in the collision. The suspect remained in the hospital receiving medical treatment. Charges of DUI, Hit and Run, Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer, and Resisting Arrest are pending the suspect upon his release. The vehicle was totaled in the collision, and PUD linesmen responded to repair the damaged power infrastructure in the area.