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Police arrest driver who allegedly smashed into power pole, caused major outage in Phoenix

Posted at 12:33 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-04 14:29:09-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix Police have arrested a suspect who allegedly slammed into a power pole near 38th Street and McDowell on Friday, then fled from the scene.

Police say they responded to a hit-and-run call near 36th Street near Red Mountain Freeway when they received another call that the hit-and-run suspect, 19-year-old Hector Retiguin, had returned to the area and was being followed by a witness.

As he was being followed by the witness, Retiguin allegedly hit a palm tree while driving through an apartment complex near 36th Street and McDowell Road, police say.

After exiting the apartment complex, Retiguin then drove onto McDowell Road, slammed into an SRP power pole, and fled from the scene on foot, according to police.

Retiguin was later located and arrested at a home near 38th Street and Coronadol Road. Police say Retiguin changed his clothes prior to his arrest.

The crash involving the SRP power pole and Retiguin's vehicle caused over 3,600 people to lose power near 38th Street and McDowell Road.

According to SRP's website, an estimated 3,665 lost power due to the crash. As of 5:15 p.m. Friday, power has returned.

Affected areas included North 32nd Street to North 48th Street, as well as East Thomas Road to East Red Mountain Freeway.

The outage began around 11:30 a.m.

There were no injuries in either crash, police said.