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Hwy. 17 reopens after DUI suspect crash damages power poles

SANTA CLARA COUNTY — An East Bay woman is in county jail after her arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence after a solo collision with a power pole, authorities said Sunday.
Just before 12:50 a.m., the California Highway Patrol responded to a call about a collision on Highway 17 near Idylwild Road. CHP officers arrived to find a Ford F-150 pickup truck had struck a power pole beside northbound Hwy. 17 lanes north of Idylwild.
When officers realized the crash had knocked down lines within northbound and southbound lanes near Redwood Estates, they shut down traffic in both directions just before 1:30 a.m., the CHP said.
Investigators found and tested the Ford’s driver, identified as Claudia Maldonado, 23, of Pleasanton, and later arrested her.
Pacific Gas & Electric workers responded to the scene, clearing southbound lanes to reopen to traffic by 6:22 a.m.. The workers later determined that wires’ whiplash after the collision damaged a second pole about half a mile away.
By 7:45 a.m., PG&E workers had secured damaged poles, meeting an on-site inspector’s satisfaction, and all lanes reopened around 8:40 a.m. after the Ford was towed away.
In a meeting Sunday afternoon, CHP, PG&E and California Department of Transportation representatives planned to assess more permanent repair plans for the power lines.
The Highway 17 corridor has seen more than its share of troubling collisions and crashes in the first two months of this year, with perhaps the most recent tragedy involving a fatal wrong-way collision earlier this month.
According to a tweet from the CHP, officers had made 741 DUI arrests statewide during the first 30 hours of the CHP’s Memorial Day maximum enforcement period ending at 11:59 p.m. Monday.
“There’s no excuse for driving impaired. Stay Put. Call a cab or ride share co.,” the tweet said. “Arrange for a sober driver in advance. Stop putting your life and the lives of innocent people at risk.”

Sadly, there have been 741 DUI arrests by CHP in the first 30 hours of the #MemorialDay2019 MEP. There’s no excuse for driving impaired. Stay Put. Call a cab or ride share co. Arrange for a sober driver in advance. Stop putting your life and the lives of innocent people at risk.
— CHP Headquarters (@CHP_HQ) May 26, 2019

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