Fallen Power Pole Shuts Down SR-76

The driver who knocked down the pole, 21-year-old Stephen Want, has been charged with DUI

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert for State Route 76 after a car ran into a power pole in the Rincon area.

    The collision happened around 4 p.m. on SR 76 near Valley Center Road. 

    The pole and power lines fell across the road when the car crashed into it, and the energized lines created a hazard for other drivers. CHP officials closed the highway in both directions for about three hours.

    No one was injured.

    The driver, 21-year-old Stephen Want of Pala, was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of DUI, according to officials.

    SDG&E was called to turn off the lines so crews could clean up. The utility's outage map showed that 650 customers were without power for roughly an hour.

    CHP says SDG&E and AT&T will be working on the pole into Monday morning, so drivers are asked to avoid the area.

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