Crash near Redmond causes power outage

Published May 20, 2013 at 05:00AM

A 20-year-old from Redmond crashed his Ford Explorer into a power pole on O’Neil Way early Sunday morning.

Nicholas Burns was driving westbound around 4:45 a.m. Sunday when he allegedly swerved to avoid a deer, losing control of the vehicle and shearing off a power pole, according to a news release.

Burns did not call to report the crash, and left the scene before returning while Deschutes County deputies were investigating the crash. Someone traveling past the scene called around 6:12 a.m. after seeing Burns’ vehicle off the road.

Burns was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person, as well as cited on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Power was not interrupted when Burns allegedly crashed into the pole. Power was out for 3.5 hours for 437 customers while Central Electric Cooperative replaced the pole and fixed the lines.

— Bulletin staff reports

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