Car Crashes into Pole Causing Power Outage in North Portland-Driver Flees but Returns (Photo)

December 27, 2019 13:37


On Friday, December 27, 2019, at 2:45 a.m., North Precinct Officers responded to the 5500 block of North Interstate Avenue on a report of a vehicle crashed into a power pole. Witnesses reported the driver left on foot.

Officers arrived and began searching for the involved driver. Additional officers blocked off traffic, including vehicular and Max traffic, for safety reasons.

Officers located the suspected driver and arrested him after he returned to the scene and identified himself as the driver. He was identified as 25 year-old Alexander Ditchey. He was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center, but did not meet their criteria due to his involvement in a crash with an airbag deployment. He was issued a criminal citation for Reckless Driving and DUII-Alcohol and released.

Traffic was significantly impacted due to this collision. Additionally, thousands of people were out of power as a result of the power pole being damaged.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones.

Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction and disobeying signals.
You can help by doing your part to obey all traffic laws, whether you are in a vehicle, on foot, bike or scooter. To learn more, visit:



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