A Susanville man was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a utility pole in the Standish area causing a power outage for numerous LMUD customers.
According to a statement from the Susanville CHP, at approximately 8 p.m. on Jan. 30, Daniel Joseph, 25, of Susanville, “was driving south on Lambert Lane in the community of Standish. As he approached the intersection with Mapes Road, due to his high level of intoxication, Joseph failed to slow to a safe speed. The Dodge pickup passed through the intersection, left the south edge of the roadway, struck an LMUD utility pole, broke through a wire fence, and eventually stopped in the Dakin Unit Wildlife Refuge.”
“The pole was sheared from the ground as well as from the wires overhead. Fortunately, Joseph, who was not restrained at the time, sustained only minor injuries; and his vehicle sustained only moderate damage. Power was momentarily interrupted at the scene. Local residents arrived and called 9-1-1. Meanwhile, Joseph drove his truck east along the fence line, drove through the fence, and fled the scene traveling east on Mapes Road,” continued the statement.
“Witnesses updated CHP via 9-1-1 of the vehicle’s location and officers stopped Joseph on Capezzoli Lane, south of Fish and Game Road. An investigation revealed that Mr. Joseph had consumed alcohol and was subsequently taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.”
LMUD crews responded to the scene and worked throughout the night to restore power. Much of the community of Janesville was affected by the outage.
CHP would like to remind motorists to always wear their seat belt and never drink and drive.