Crash on Union Mills Road leaves about 200 without power Tuesday night

OlympianJanuary 22, 2014 

About 200 households in the area of Union Mills Road SE, in Thurston County, lost power for several hours Tuesday night and early Wednesday when a driver collided with a power pole.

According to a press release from Washington State Patrol, Jason D. Hay, 28, of Olympia, was driving a white 2005 Kia Amante eastbound near the 7600 block of Union Mills Road about 6:45 p.m., when he left the roadway and struck a power pole. The car rolled and came to rest on its top. The driver and a passenger, 53-year-old Carrie J. Idler, were ejected from the car.

Neither of the occupants in the vehicle were wearing seat belts. 

Hay and Idler were both taken to Providence Saint Peter Hospital, in Olympia, according to the release.

Washington State Patrol responded to the crash, and has determined the cause to be speed and driving under the influence. 

Charges of vehicular assault, driving under the influence, and 3rd degree driving while licence suspended have been filed.

A spokeswoman for Puget Sound Energy said about 200 customers lost electricity due to the collision with the power pole. Power was restored to those customers by about 1:30 a.m., PSE spokeswoman Christina Donegan said.

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