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Police: DUII driver hits utility pole, knocks out power in SE Portland

Booking photo for Aaron Dennehy alongside a photo of the broken power pole.jpg
Booking photo for Aaron Dennehy alongside a photo of the broken power pole

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police detained a suspected drunk driver responsible for a crash that knocked out power overnight in a Southeast Portland neighborhood.

The crash happened at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of S.E. 68th Avenue and Duke Street.

According to police, Aaron Dennehy crashed into two parked cars and a large utility pole. The impact severed the pole at ground level.

Officers arrested Dennehy several blocks from the crash scene. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on DUII, reckless driving, and hit-and-run charges.

Emergency crews closed Duke Street between 68th and 70th avenues while Portland General Electric crews work to restore service. Officials expect the closure to last through the Tuesday morning commute.

As of Tuesday morning, PGE listed more than 160 customers lost power in the Southeast Portland area - likely because of the crash.

This is a developing story; updates will be posted as information comes in.