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Speeding car crashes into pole in San Diego's College Area, causes power outage

Posted at 6:36 AM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 09:36:50-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A car traveling at a high rate of speed crashed into a tree and power pole in the College Area late Sunday night, leaving nearly 2,000 residents without power.

At around 11:45 p.m., San Diego police’s ABLE helicopter spotted and began following a car that was running several red lights and driving fast.

As SDPD units were called to the car’s location, the vehicle lost control and slammed into a tree and then a power pole in the 4700 block of 54th Street.

ABC 10News learned the transformer on the power pole was damaged, causing a power outage in the immediate area for a brief period.

The driver got out of the wreckage and fled the scene, but officers tracked him down a short time later and took him into custody.

Police learned the car involved had been reported stolen.

No other details were released.