Suspected DUI crash cuts power to 170


A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and crashing into a pole that has disrupted power and phone service for almost 200 customers early this morning, police said.

Around 12:30 a.m., the man was driving a new sports car north in the 500 block of Eucalyptus Avenue at high speeds, police said.

The man lost control of the car and crashed into a PG&E power pole that fell down and sheared off an AT&T phone line control panel at Eucalyptus Avenue and Tamarack Lane, according to police.

The man, later identified as South San Francisco resident Juan Lopez, fled but was caught by police near the crash scene, police said.

Lopez suffered injuries not considered life-threatening and was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, according to police.

No other injuries were reported.

Lopez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or more, driving while under age 21 and resisting arrest, police said.

Repairs are underway for about 170 PG&E customers who lost power due to the crash and are expected to be completed sometime today, police said.

The customers affected by the power outage also lost AT&T phone service, police said.

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