Nearly 700 lose power after car hits pole

Roughly 680 households at Vashon’s north end were without power Saturday night and into Sunday morning after a car crashed into a power pole in front of the John L. Scott Vashon office around 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

The pole was left hanging suspended by wires alongside the highway, but traffic disruption was minimal Saturday night and into Sunday morning during repairs. Power was turned off around 9 p.m. Saturday to allow Puget Sound Energy crews to replace the pole and fix the wires. Power was restored to customers by 11 a.m. Sunday just as snow began to fall in town.

At the King County Sheriff’s Office, spokeswoman Cindi West said the collision was a hit-and-run, and a citation was issued to a 20-year-old man. Contrary to rumors that began to spread among islanders, she said the incident was not a DUI.

“There was no indication he had been drinking. In fact, the deputy said he seemed like a good kid, no priors. But he did get cited for hit-and-run, which is pretty serious,” she said.

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