Stolen vehicle crash causes power outage


by Mike Gertzman

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 12:15 PM

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PHOENIX -- The driver of a stolen pickup truck caused an SUV to crash into a light pole and electricity transformer box Thursday morning knocking out electricity to homes and businesses in the area of 12th Street and Northern Avenue.

The occupants of the stolen truck fled after the crash, according to Sgt. Steve Martos with the Phoenix Police Dept.

Police surrounded the area as they conducted a search for those individuals. At least one suspect was in custody as of 7 a.m.

The suspect is accused of stealing the truck that was left running at a convenience store at 12th Street and Maryland Avenue. Police say he ditched the truck soon after running the SUV off the road on Northern Ave.

A police dog found the suspect and bit him. He was taken into custody and sent to a hospital for treatment.

Traffic on Northern Avenue was restricted during rush hour.

Power was restored to most of the area shortly after 7 a.m. The remaining 265 customers should have their electricity back by 9:30 a.m., according to a spokesman for APS.

The driver of SUV that hit the pole was walking around the scene and she did not appear to have serious injuries.