WSP: Driver on meth leaves trail of destruction in Spokane Valley crash

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 3:23 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.-- A suspected drunk and high driver was to blame for a massive power outage after taking down power lines in Spokane Valley, according to authorities.

It happened around 6 a.m. near Desmet and Pines.  Investigators said Andrew Gardner, 21, was speeding while high on methamphetamine when he hit another car.   He then proceeded to hit a power pole and roll his car, which left the power lines dangling over the road.  In all, authorities said the debris field spanned four blocks.

Authorities said Gardner attempted to run from the scene on foot but was caught a short time later.  Washington State Patrol said Gardner admitted to Spokane Valley police officers he had taken methamphetamine.

At one point, AVISTA said it knocked out power to over 2,300 customers.  However, power was restored to most customers within an hour.

Medics had to extricate the driver from the car and took him to the hospital to be checked out.  Authorities did not release the extent of his injuries.  However, authorities later arrested the man on DUI and hit and run charges. 

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