Drunk driver smashes into Duke Street pole, then flees
Electric power was disrupted in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood after midnight on Monday, June 26, when a car smashed into a utility pole on S.E. Duke Street at 68th Avenue.
A witness called the 9-1-1 Center, sending Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers to the area – to find no vehicle, but only a badly damaged utility pole.
"The witnesses reported that a driver of suspect car was attempting to drive away," said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. "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 Detention Center on charges of "Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII)", "Reckless Driving", and "Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run)".
Throughout the night, and into the morning hours, Portland General Electric crews worked to repair the damaged pole and power lines, and after sunrise electricity returned to affected homes and businesses in the neighborhood.