Police: Drunk Driver Causes Power Outage

 Police: Drunk Driver Causes Power Outage

POSTED: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 11:01am

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 11:02am

EL PASO - This morning the Pebble Hills area lost power after a suspected drunk driver slammed into an electrical pole.

Police say Mathew Ruiz, 25, was drunk when he failed to negotiate a turn in the 2600 block of Bert Yancey and hit a pole. As a result, live electrical wires fell on his car. Firefighters instructed Ruiz to stay in his car and El Paso Electric cut power to the wires. That caused the blackout in the area.

Police say Ruiz was not hurt in the accident, and he is now charged with DWI.

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