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Prineville man arrested in DUII crash that caused outage

DCSO says he ran into, broke Smith Rock power pole

TERREBONNE, Ore. - A Prineville man was arrested on DUII, reckless driving and other charges Friday evening after his car left a road in the Smith Rock State Park parking lot and crashed into a power pole, snapping it off and causing an outage for dozens of area residents, officials said.

Deschutes County sheriff's dispatchers got a call shortly before 7 p.m. of the crash and deputies arrived to find a 2006 Land Rover had struck and broken off a power pole, leaving lines down in the middle of the roadway, said sheriff's Lt. Joe DeLuca.

An investigation determined driver Bradford Matthews, 26, lost control of the vehicle, going off the road and hitting the power pole. Matthews was unhurt and needed no medical treatment, DeLuca said.

Matthews was arrested and taken to the county jail on charges of DUII, reckless driving and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license.

Pacific Power repair crews were called to the scene and reopened the parking lot roadway after about two hours.

About 90 Terrebonne-area customers lost power as a result of the crash, with about half back by early evening. The utility's Oregon outage map estimated the rest would have it back by 11:30 p.m.


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