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Alleged Drunk Driver Causes Rogue River Power Outage

A crash caused by a driver using her cell phone and driving under the influence resulted in a power outage for areas of Rogue River on Wednesday morning, according to the Sheriff's office.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 11:31 AM

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — A crash caused by a woman who was both driving drunk and using her cell phone caused a power outage in Rogue River after midnight on Wednesday morning, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).

Dispatch received a 911 call from a neighbor near the 3000-block of East Evans Creek Road just after 12:30 a.m. The caller reported hearing a crash and then lost power, according to JCSO.

Deputies, officers from the Rogue River Police Department and firefighters from Rogue River Fire District all responded to the scene. Investigators determined that 24-year-old Allison Leigh Coulter had been drving her white 2014 Jeep Compass northbound on East Evans Creek Road when she "failed to negotiate a curve" and left the roadway — hitting a power pole and coming to rest in a ditch.

The power pole was "heavily fractured," with power lines hanging down to the ground, according to JCSO. Authorities kept the road partially closed while Pacific Power crews responded to repair the power lines.

Although Coulter was not injured in the crash, deputies came to believe that both alcohol and distraction from a cell phone contributed to the crash. A breathalyzer test pegged Coulter's blood alcohol content at 0.14 percent.

Deputies arrested Coulter for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) and reckless driving. JCSO said that she was cited and released.

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