GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Deputies arrested the driver of a pickup truck south of Grants Pass on Saturday after he slammed into a power pole, injuring two passengers.
Deputies from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded just before 2 p.m. to the 2800-block of Elk Lane, joined by firefighters and paramedics, after a call reporting the crash came in to dispatch.
"First arriving units observed a blue Chevrolet pickup crashed into a power pole," the agency said.
The power pole had been snapped about twenty feet above the ground, knocking out power to the surrounding area. The truck also crushed part of a fence at the front of someone's property.
"The pickup hit the pole sideways with enough force to significantly damage the truck and the pole, however no powerlines were severed or hit the ground," Rural Metro Fire said on Saturday.
Inside the pickup were three people. Both passengers had serious injuries and were brought to Three Rivers Medical Center by AMR paramedics. According to Rural Metro, the driver did not report being injured.
The Sheriff's Office said that the driver, identified as 27-year-old Charles Fischle, performed field sobriety tests before deputies took him into custody. He was taken to the Josephine County Jail for DUII, two counts of Criminal Mischief II, two counts of Reckless Endangerment, and two counts of Assault III.
According to a probable cause statement filed by the arresting officer, Fischle admitted to drinking five beers before driving, then trying to pass on Elk Road in a double yellow "no pass" zone before losing control and striking the pole.
Both passengers had broken ribs and punctured lungs following the crash, the officer's statement said.