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Foum staff reports, Published September 20 2010

Crash knocks out power in Crookston

Residents throughout the city of Crookston, Minn., experienced a power outage Sunday morning after a teenage driver crashed into a power pole in town.

Shortly after 3:30 a.m., Crookston police received a complaint about a reckless driver who apparently ran into a fence with his Pontiac Grand Prix.

Minutes later, a Polk County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to stop and continued on for several blocks until crashing into a power pole.

Tyler Lee, 19, of Crookston, was transported to the RiverView Health Emergency Room for observation. He was later released from the hospital and booked at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston on suspicion of felony pursuit, damage to property and DUI.

Cris Kling, a spokeswoman for the Otter Tail Power Co., said the entire city of Crookston lost power. In most of the city, power was restored after 30 to 45 minutes.

Crookston dispatch said some residents called to report power outages until roughly 8 a.m. Sunday.