Suspected DUI-driver hits power pole in South Salt Lake, flees scene of accident

A man in his early 20s was transported to hospital early Sunday morning after hitting a power pole in his vehicle then running on foot from an officer. Photo: Gephardt Daily

SOUTH SALT LAKE, March 19, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A man in his early 20s was transported to the hospital early Sunday morning after hitting a power pole in his truck then running from an officer.

South Salt Lake Police Sgt. Darren Carr said the incident occurred at about 2:45 a.m. near 2800 S. State St. when the driver, heading northbound, crashed into the light pole, which flipped his truck on its side. Carr said only one car was involved and no one else was injured.

Carr said initial reports indicate the driver was under the influence; it’s not yet clear whether he was speeding. There were no witnesses to the accident, but a Utah Highway Patrol officer arrived shortly after the crash, saw the man try to get out of the truck, and confronted him.

The man took off running, and there was a short foot pursuit through some surrounding businesses before he was apprehended by the officer.

The man was transported to the hospital due to the severity of the crash and as a precautionary measure, but sustained only minor injuries.

Rocky Mountain Power was also dispatched to the scene to repair the light pole, but the incident did not cause a large-scale outage.

The driver has not been identified.

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