Drunk driver slams into parked car, knocks down power pole, police say

A high-speed crash in North Long Beach left a suspected drunk driver injured, but nobody else was hurt in the wreck, police said.

The crash happened around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 63rd Street, Long Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said.

Investigators believe a 2013 Infiniti G37 was speeding southbound on Atlantic when the driver lost control and hit a parked car, according to De Prez.

“After striking the parked car, the vehicle collided with a City Light and Power pole, knocking it to the ground, resulting in exposed wires,” she said.

Police said the DUI driver was in an Infiniti that hit a parked car. Photo courtesy Mary Vargas.

Police said the DUI driver was in an Infiniti that hit a parked car. Photo courtesy Mary Vargas.

Photos of the crash posted on Facebook show the Infiniti with significant front-end damage and a white car with a completely crumpled back end. The person who posted the photos said nobody was in the white car.

The Infiniti’s driver was the only one inside his car, police said. The 22-year-old was taken to a local hospital in stable condition, according to De Prez.

“Officers have determined that excessive speed and alcohol were factors in this collision,” De Prez said.

City crews were working to repair the power pole, according to De Prez.

“At this time, the damaged pole has not impacted power to local residents,” she said.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.