Deputies think 17-year-old driver was drunk when car hit power poles on Sumner-Buckley Highway

Staff writerJuly 29, 2013 

Deputies believe a 17-year-old boy was intoxicated when the 2008 Volvo he was driving early Sunday crashed into a pair of power poles in the 23600 block of Sumner-Buckley Highway East, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Monday.

An 18-year-old man in the front passenger seat was ejected from the car, was seriously injured, and was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, Troyer said.

Contrary to initial reports Sunday, two 17-year-olds in the back seat did not suffer any injuries but were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for evaluation, Troyer said.

The driver was taken to Good Samaritan for an injury to his hand; results of a blood test to determine his blood alcohol level were pending, Troyer said.

Deputies were called to the crash about 12:20 a.m. Sunday.

They found the car had left the road to the north and crashed into the poles, trees and fences.

Initial reports were that the car hit one pole and caused brief outages, but officials confirmed Sunday that two poles were hit, causing some prolonged power loss.

More than 6,700 people lost power in the area after the crash, Puget Sound Energy spokesperson Ray Lane said.

Most power was restored shortly after, but about 380 customers had to wait while repair crews made sure the area was safe, Lane said.

Some customers had power restored as late as noon Sunday, he said.

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