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Esplanade open after alleged DUI crash knocked out power/cable

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:10:51 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 20 2013 02:00:00 AM CDT
DUI crash photo

Courtesy: Austin Lacy

CHICO, Calif. -

Roads are now open in North Chico after an alleged DUI crash sheared off a power pole along the Esplanade near Eaton Road.

The collision happened Saturday night at 9:22 p.m.  A car slammed into a utility pole at Esplanade and Tonea Way, causing widespread power, phone and cable outages in North Chico.

Power has been restored and the roadway opened Sunday morning around 8:30 a.m.

The driver, 56 year old Luis Valdovino, was not injured, but was arrested on suspicion of DUI. 

Esplanade was closed from Eaton Road to Innsbruck Way.  Crews from PG&E, AT&T and Comcast arrived to complete the necessary repairs.  Comcast was still working in the area around 10 a.m. and PG&E had just completed work.