Novato DUI suspect hits power pole, cuts electricity to thousands

An alleged drunken driver crashed into a power pole in Novato on Tuesday night, cutting electricity to thousands of customers in the area.

Edilberto Acuna-Alvarado, 39, was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run driving. He was released pending further review by the district attorney’s office.

The crash occurred at about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Redwood Boulevard and De Long Avenue. The collision knocked out traffic lights at four intersections, according to Novato police Sgt. Chris Andres.

Police arrived to find the vehicle, a Nissan Frontier pickup truck, unoccupied. A witness reported seeing a man walking away from the crash scene, and police detained Acuna-Alvarado nearby.

The power outage from the crash affected 2,163 customers, said J.D. Guidi, a spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric. Crews restored electricity to most customers by midnight and the rest by 3:45 a.m. Wednesday.

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