Driver crashes car into power pole in El Cajon, causes power outage

Crash at West Washington, Grossmont avenues

EL CAJON, Calif. - A driver who crashed a car into an electrical pole in El Cajon on Sunday, causing a power outage, is in custody.

The crash occurred at about 12:18 a.m. near West Washington and Grossmont avenues, according to El Cajon spokeswoman Monica Zech.

Lisa Fulkerson, who lives along West Washington Avenue, told 10News, "All of a sudden I hear this boom, bang, bong!"

Police say the driver led California Highway Patrol officer on a chase on Interstate 8 minutes before the crash. The driver had just got off the El Cajon Boulevard offramp when he struck the power pole, according to police. 

The car eventually ended up in front of Fulkerson's house.

"I saw cops and lights, and the pole started leaning and then I heard cracking," she said. "I thought, 'Oh no, for real!'"

To keep that from happening, crews used a crane to keep the pole from toppling over. But to fix the problem, crews had to shut off power to more than 700 customers in the neighborhood, including a 7-Eleven.

Crews worked overnight to get the power restored. As of 10 a.m., seven homes were still without power. Zech said power is expected to be restored by 1:45 p.m.

Zech said the driver was taken to county jail.

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