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Suspected DUI crash causes Fort Bragg power outage

A suspected drunken driver rammed into a power pole in Fort Bragg late Friday night, causing a power outage that affected up to 5,200 PG&E customers, officials said.

The blackout, which occurred at at 11:22 p.m., brought Fort Bragg police officers to the area of Madrone and Whipple streets, where they found the crash.

At the scene, officers noticed a 2008 Chevrolet Suburban trying to drive away, police said. Officers had to maneuver through the downed lines to get to the vehicle, which had been badly disabled from the crash.

The driver, Jonatan Sastre-Cordova, 35, of Fort Bragg, appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Police said Cordova was driving eastbound on Madrone Street when he hit a parked car, sending it 10 feet onto the sidewalk. Cordova's SUV traveled another 30 feet before it struck and sheared off a main PG&E pole that was critical to the area's electrical grid.


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