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Drunk driver blamed for crash, fire and power outage in Sylmar

November 6, 2011 |  9:39 am

A 28-year-old Sylmar man was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving early Sunday morning after he allegedly crashed into a parked pickup truck that then struck a utility pole, causing a small fire and power outage.

The incident, which occurred near Olden Street and San Fernando Road in Sylmar, also injured a man sleeping in the pickup truck’s camper.

Los Angeles police Officer James Norton of the Valley traffic division said the alleged drunk driver’s 2007 Toyota Tundra was probably going faster than 55 miles per hour when it struck the parked 1990 Jeep Comanche.

“He was going so fast he pushed the other vehicle up onto the sidewalk,” Norton said, adding that both vehicles were totaled.

The collision knocked one of the high-voltage lines loose from the utility pole, Norton said, causing a small fire at the base and a limited power outage.

The condition of the man sleeping in the camper was unknown. Neither man was identified.


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