2 DUI collisions wreak havoc

October 25, 2013

carTwo allegedly intoxicated drivers crashed their cars, toppled power lines and shuttered roads on Thursday in San Luis Obispo County.

Shortly before 7 p.m., an alleged drunk driver crashed into a power pole at El Camino Real near Bennett Avenue in Arroyo Grande. The collision toppled the pole causing a transformer to explode and electric lines to fall to the ground across U.S. Highway 101.

The accident resulted in an electrical outage for 5,379 PG&E customers in Arroyo Grande.

In addition, U.S. Highway 101 was closed in both directions for about four hours.

Officers arrested the uninjured driver and booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Officers are not releasing the suspects name at this time.

Shortly before 1 p.m., on Thursday, Jose Flores, 30, crashed his vehicle into a power pole on the 700 block of Quintana Road in Morro Bay. The collision knocked several power lines to the ground and led to Quintana Road being closed for approximately an hour while PG&E employees repaired the lines.

Officers arrested Flores and booked him into San Luis Obispo County Jail for driving under the influence, driving with a revoked license and for a probation violation.



One Comment

  1. Jorge Estrada says:

    The electromagnetic force that surrounds power lines, although the strength is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the conductor, may have a luring affect on drunk drivers, simular to a compass needle?

    Think of your eyes bobing like the head of a rear dash dog then being drawn to the right, followed by your hands, thence the wheel, blamm!

    What the heck, who knows, well witching is real as is using a metal coat hanger to find a buried pipe.

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