Archive for Wednesday, September 12, 1990


September 12, 1990


Electrical power was restored in west-central Lawrence early this morning after an outage caused by a car striking a supporting cable of a utility pole.

Police said the power went out after a 32-year-old Lawrence woman drove into a utility pole about 12:30 a.m. today on Ninth Street about 180 feet west of Missouri.

A police report indicated the woman was westbound on Ninth and drove off the right side of the road, striking the utility pole guy wire and a tree.

The pole snapped and wires were knocked down, police reported.

Police said the woman and a passenger left the car on foot but then were found by officers a short time later near the accident scene.

The woman, police said, was extremely intoxicated and could not remember what had happened.

She was booked into the Douglas County Jail at 1:04 a.m. on charges of leaving the scene of an injury accident, failing to report an accident, failing to render aid, driving while under the influence of alcohol and not having a driver's license.

Her passenger, a 33-year-old Lawrence woman, was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Full power was restored shortly after 2 a.m., said Bill Seidel, east region superintendent of KPL. The area affected was from Sixth to 10th streets, bordered by Iowa Street on the west and Louisiana Street on the east.

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