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Crash into pole knocks out rural Auburn power to hundreds

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - A large section of rural Auburn northwest of city limits was without power Saturday night after a vehicle allegedly driven by a drunken driver left the road and hit a power pole. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said the outage was first reported just after 9:30 p.m. and affected 506 customers at its peak. By 11:19 p.m., about half of the customers had their power restored. Another 76 customers had their power back on just after midnight. The remaining group of customers had their lights on again just after 7 a.m. Sunday, said Brandi Ehlers, PG&E spokeswoman. The driver of the vehicle was reported to have initially fled the scene. California Highway Officer David Martinez said the driver was identified and spotted jogging on a nearby road. The crash occurred on Joeger Road, east of Bell Road. Arrested on allegations of driving under the influence of alcohol and hit-and-run was Jeffrey Cader, 29, of Auburn, Martinez said. Among the roads with customers affected by the power cut were Mt. Vernon Road, Myer Lane, Atwood Road, Bald Hill Road, Valley Vista Court, Michelle Drive, Memory Lane and Oak Creek Court.