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Two bend men crash into a power pole just before 3 a.m. northwest of Redmond. Devon Olden, 21, was driving his car and apparently drifted onto the shoulder of northwest Hemholtz, at the intersection of Coyner,  losing control of the car and crashing into a Central Electric Co-Op Power Pole. Olden and his passenger, James Carranza, 21, were found by Deschutes County Deputies about a quarter mile away, and unhurt.   Police believe alcohol is involved. 14 homes are still without power.

Below is the police report:
On 6-20-11 at approximately 2:52 am deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriffs Office responded to the intersection of NW Coyner and NW Helmholtz for a report of a vehicle that crashed into a power pole. It was reported the occupants of the vehicle were attempting to flee the area of the crash seen
As the responding deputy arrived within approximately a quarter of a mile from the crash scene the deputy located the driver and passenger of the vehicle involved in the crash. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Devon Olden. The passenger was identified as James Carranza.
The Initial investigation determined that the driver of the vehicle was traveling east bound on NW Coyner. As he drove the vehicle past NW Helmholtz, the vehicle drifted to the right, on to the shoulder of the road. Devon lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a fence and a Central Electric Cooperative power pole causing extensive damage to the pole and vehicle.
The Driver and passenger were not injured. The passenger was released at the scene of the crash. Devon Olden was taken into custody for the following crimes DUII, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver and Reckless Endangering.

Central Electric Cooperative employees responded to the location to repair the power pole. It is estimated that the damage to the power pole caused approximately fourteen homes to lose power.




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