Two major streets were closed, and power was out for homes and businesses in Simi Valley after the driver of a Lexus, attempting to elude police, crashed into a utility pole on Monday night.
The NBC affiliate in Los Angeles reports that the crash happened late Monday night when the driver of a silver Lexus sped through a red light at the intersection of Los Angeles Avenue and Sycamore Road. Police officers observed the blatant traffic violation and attempted to pull over the Lexus.
Instead of complying with the police, the driver sped away. The driver later crashed his vehicle some two miles away from the Los Angeles Avenue and Sycamore Road intersection, near the intersection of Fitzgerald Avenue and Erringer Road. The Lexus struck and damaged a utility pole. As a result, power was knocked out, leaving residents in the area in the dark.
As of Tuesday morning, authorities were uncertain how many were without power.
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The 40-year-old male driver reportedly suffered significant injuries from the accident. He was transported to an area trauma center. His identity and current condition were not immediately released. Los Angeles Police investigators are not ruling out the possibility that the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.
Both Erringer and Fitzgerald roads were closed to motorists for several hours after the crash. Officials gave no indication of how long residents were without power or when it was restored to the area.