By Robert D. Dávila
A 63-year-old man was taken to a hospital Sunday after crashing his car into a power pole and becoming trapped by fallen high-voltage lines on Auburn Boulevard in Citrus Heights.
The collision is under investigation as a possible case of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to a Citrus Heights police statement.
According to police, officers who responded around 4:45 p.m. to a call about a vehicle collision on Auburn Drive near Greenback Lane learned the California High Patrol was helping a disabled motorist. While pushing the car out of the roadway, the driver tried to flee and drove the car into oncoming traffic and across Auburn Boulevard before hitting the power pole, the statement said.
The crash knocked down live power lines that trapped the driver, officials said. A SMUD crew was called to turn off the power to allow Sacramento Metropolitan firefighters to extricate the driver from the car.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500 or the Traffic Tip Line at (916) 727-5525.