A suspected drunken driver collided with a telephone pole and caused an 11-hour power outage and overnight road closure on Lockewood Lane in Scotts Valley on Monday afternoon.
The accident took place at about 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 at the intersection of Lockewood Lane and Caseta Way, near Whispering Pines Drive.
A Ford Excursion SUV driven by 42-year-old Scotts Valley resident Karen Bauer clipped several garbage cans and a parked Dodge Ram before running through a telephone pole — snapping off a 15-foot length — and running into another vehicle and rolling onto its side.
According to California Highway Patrol, the Excursion was traveling south toward Graham Hill Road on Lockewood when the accident occurred. A second vehicle, a Nissan Xterra, was preparing to turn from Caseta Way when the SUV collided with it, spinning it to the shoulder.
Bauer was extracted from the Excursion, taken by ambulance from the scene and airlifted from Skypark. It was unclear what type of injuries she suffered.
A 17-year-old who was driving the Xterra appeared to have suffered minor cuts and bruises.
Along with the damaged vehicles, a residents’ brick wall was damaged by the Excursion.
Lockwood Lane between Tan Oak Drive and Hidden Glen Drive in Scotts Valley was closed between 5:20 p.m. and 4:10 Tuesday morning as Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. crews replaced the broken telephone pole and restrung wires.
According to PG&E, 328 customers in the area lost electricity for about 11 hours before it was restored at 4:10 a.m.