TEMECULA: Driver hits power pole in early morning accident

A man sheared a power pole in half and suffered moderate injuries when he struck the pole with his vehicle in the early morning hours, Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Officers responded to the area of Temecula Parkway, west of Meadows Parkway at 4:18 a.m. and found that a red sedan had impacted a large Southern California Edison pole head-on.

The power pole was sheared in half, causing several power wires to hang low to the ground and causing the traffic signal lights to go out at the nearby intersection.

A preliminary investigation into the crash revealed the driver of the sedan, a 26-year-old man, was driving westbound on Temecula Parkway when, for an unknown reason, he veered to the right and onto the grass belt. The vehicle traveled along the grass approximately 300 feet until it struck the power pole, according to an incident report issued by Sgt. Loeffler of Temecula PD.

The driver of the vehicle sustained moderate injuries and was transported to the hospital.

“Additional evidence located during the investigation suggests the driver was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the collision,” Loeffler wrote in the report.

Based on the evidence, criminal charges will be sought against the driver for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Nanez  or Deputy Daughters at the Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-3000.

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