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Police: Drunken driver hits utility poles, knocks out power in part of Springfield

Firefighters pulled a driver from the wreckage of a truck early Monday after a crash that knocked out power to a neighborhood. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Firefighters pulled a driver from the wreckage of a truck early Monday after a crash that knocked out power to a neighborhood.

The driver - identified as 21-year-old Tyler Cubic of Grants Pass - was taken to the hospital with a leg injury, according to police at the scene.

Police arrested Cubic on suspicion of DUII and Criminal Mischief. Police say Cubic's blood alcohol content was .19 percent after the accident, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

The crash happened around 2:37 a.m.

Police said Cubic was en route to a job site for Williamson Timberfalling Inc. of Grants Pass when the crash happened.

The eastbound truck went through the oncoming lanes of traffic and sideswiped a utility pole in the 4400 block of Main Street, police said.

The truck went up on the sidewalk and hit two more utility poles, sheering them off at the ground, police said.

The truck uprooted two trees before coming to rest against a third tree, police said.

Cubic was trapped in the wreckage of the truck; firefighters used a hydraulic cutting tool to free him from the cab.

A dog with him in the truck at the time of the crash wasn't hurt, police said.

The crash knocked out power from 32nd to 42 streets, from North E south to the railroad tracks, according to Springfield Utility Board.

SUB dispatched crews at 3 a.m. All power was restored by 10 a.m. "If you are still without power, please check your breakers," SUB said in a notice online.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Springfield Police.

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