Man charged with DUII after crash cuts North Portland power
Portland police have arrested a man for driving under the influence of alcohol after a early monring Friday crash left knocked down a power pole and left thousands without power in North Portland.
Alexander L. Ditchey, 25, was cited and released from the scene on charges of reckless driving and DUII. Court records show Ditchey was convicted of driving uninsured in 2018.
North Precinct officers say the crash knocked out power in the 5500 block of North Interstate Avenue around 2:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 27.
The crash blocked Yellow Line MAX trains and vehicular traffic.
Police say Ditchey fled the area on foot but later returned to the scene and turned himself in.
According to KOIN 6 News, PGE was at the scene by 5:45 a.m., reporting more than 4400 customers in Multnomah County did not have power.
In another early Friday crash, at least one person was hurt in a Southeast Portland.
The crash involved a truck near Jenne Butte Park and one person was taken by ambulance for treatment. Investigators brought a K-9 unit to the scene.
Few details were immediately available, including the name and condition of the person taken to the hospital.
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