Suspected drunken driver knocks out power to Boise homes

November 29, 2013 

Homes in the Sunrise Rim area of Boise were without power for several hours late Thursday night and early Friday morning after a driver apparently ran into a power pole at about 11:38 p.m.

Boise police haven't released the name of the 22-year-old man, from Meridian, because they say he hasn't been charged yet with a crime.

According to law enforcement, no one saw the crash — which left power lines draped over an SUV in the front yard of a house on the 1900 block of Sunrise Rim Road. The owner of the home came outside in time to see the man standing just outside of the SUV's driver's-side door.

Police say the man smelled of alcohol, and that the evidence suggests he was the only one in the SUV at the time of the crash. The man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries — again, that police believe to be consistent with having been the driver of the SUV. Police seized the SUV as evidence and performed a blood draw on the man, but did not arrest him.

Idaho law states a person must be driving or in physical control of a vehicle while drunk to be charged with driving under the influence. Boise police will have the Ada County Prosecutor's Office review their investigation for charges.

Idaho Power crews responded to the crash and worked for several hours to restore power to the 287 affected customers. Idaho Power spokesman Kevin Winslow said they were able to restore power for the majority of those affect fairly quickly, but 82 were without power until 8 a.m. Friday.

Idaho Power crews needed to replace a damaged pole as well as a transformer. Boise officers stayed on scene until about 7:15 a.m. to help with traffic control and remove the SUV.

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