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Car Crash Knocks Out Power to 1,100 Customers

Last night, an intoxicated Redmond driver crashed into a power pole on the Bend Parkway, knocking out power to about 1,100 Pacific Power customers. Bend PD says officers responded about 8:40 p.m. to the crash on the northbound parkway (Highway 97) at the Southeast Division Street on-ramp. Investigators discovered the 29-year-old Redmond resident drove his truck into a Pacific Power pole, blackening out the nearby intersection of Reed Market Road, as well as the parkway on- and off-ramps in both directions. Officers also learned the man’s truck had struck a Subaru occupied by three juveniles, who didn’t require medical attention. The driver was arrested on charges of DUI, reckless endangering, reckless driving and first-degree criminal mischief. Bend PD said parts of Division Street remained closed late Wednesday night as Pacific Power crews worked to restore service. Pacific Power’s outage map indicated about 1,100 customers lost power, and about 50 were still out after midnight.


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