Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Drunk Driver Crashes into Power Pole in Southeast Portland (Photo)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: June 27th, 2017 9:11 AM
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On Tuesday June 27, 2017, at 12:29 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a single vehicle crash at Southeast 68th Avenue and Duke Street. 9-1-1 callers reported that a driver crashed into a power pole causing significant damage and that the suspect was attempting to drive away.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the driver in the suspect vehicle approximately two blocks from the initial crash location. Officers developed probable cause that the driver was impaired by alcohol and he was taken into custody without incident.

The driver, 38-year-old Aaron Dennehy, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Reckless Driving, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run).

Portland General Electric (PGE) responded to the area to repair the damaged pole and power lines.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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