Stolen Car Into Power Pole Causes Concord Outage; Driver Jailed

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CONCORD (BCN) – The driver of a stolen vehicle was arrested Thursday morning after he crashed into a power pole in Concord, knocking out power to thousands of PG&E customers, a Concord police lieutenant said.

The crash was reported at about 7:15 a.m. on Detroit Avenue at Laguna Street, Concord police Lt. Robin Heinemann said.

When officers arrived, they found the driver still in the vehicle and discovered that the car had been reported stolen, Heinemann said.

The driver was not hurt and police arrested him without incident, Heinemann said.

PG&E spokeswoman Nicole Liebelt said the impact of the crash broke the pole in half and that crews were working to replace the pole and re-string the wires.

Initially, 2,300 customers lost power. As of about 12:30 p.m., power had been restored to all but about 180 customers, Liebelt said.

Crews are estimating that power will be restored to the remaining customers by about 8 p.m., she said.

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