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Collision causes telephone outage on San Juan; driver faces DUI
A single car collision at the intersection of Golf Course and Cattle Point roads prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island man late Thursday for DUI, and left about 200 homes in the surrounding area without telephone and internet service.
Sheriff Rob Nou said the 35-year-old man was arrested shortly after a deputy arrived at the scene at about 11:15 p.m., while responding to a call about a telephone outage in the area. The man, behind the wheel of a grey Saturn Vue at the time, reportedly plowed into a utility box at a high rate of speed, tearing the box from its foundation and launching it about 20 feet from where it sat as a result of the impact.
The vehicle, which rolled end over end, wound up behind the box and was not visible from the road when the deputy first arrived.
Nou said that the man, traveling south on Cattle Point Road at the time, apparently missed a bend in the road, vaulted up and over Golf Course Road and landed on the other side of the road, striking the utility box as the vehicle flipped and rolled. The man escaped the crash with minor injuries, mostly cuts and bruises, while damage to the vehicle is "essentially catastrophic," Nou said.
The man was wearing a seat belt but vehicle's airbag did not deploy despite the force of the impact, he added.
"It's almost miraculous that he survived," Nou said.
Like the SUV, the utility box, which housed CenturyLink telephone and internet equipment, sustained massive damage as well. In a press release CenturyLink said a repair crew arrived at the scene early Thursday to begin attending to the damage and to restore service. Due to the extent of the damage and complexity of the repair, service is not expected to be fully restored before Monday, according to CenturyLink.
— Scott Rasmussen