A Lacey man was hospitalized after driving into a power pole Friday, knocking out power for three blocks of downtown Olympia for most of the day.
The 21-year-old man was driving a Jeep Cherokee in downtown Olympia when he struck a power pole at 12:57 a.m. near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Adams Street, according to Olympia Police Department spokesperson Laura Wohl.
The man fled on foot and later called police from Providence St. Peter Hospital, Wohl said.
The crash knocked the power pole over, with part of it hanging over the Jeep, according to Thurston County dispatchers.
The pole was a power, transformer and distributor pole with underground cable connections.
“It’s a very busy, very important pole,” said Puget Sound Energy spokesperson Ray Lane. “It was a bigger deal than we thought originally.”
The original goal was to have power restored to the 90 affected customers between Adams Street and Capitol Way and Fourth Avenue and State Avenue by 11:30 a.m.
It took crews until around 4 p.m. to finish the job as some businesses’ doors remained closed and traffic light intersections became four-way stops, slowing down traffic.