Geyserville Fire Department first on the scene
Driver arrested in Dry Creek Road crash
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Published: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 12:14 p.m.
A suspected drunken driver crashed into a power pole Monday night near Healdsburg, bringing down lines and knocking out power for hours to hundreds of homes and businesses in the Dry Creek Valley.
Healdsburg driver Amy Fitzpatrick, 32, had been headed south on Dry Creek Road at about 7:25 p.m. when she lost control and her sedan smashed into a pole, reported CHP Officer Jon Sloat.
The crash occurred a little more than one mile northwest of Lambert Bridge Road, according to Geyserville Fire Chief Paul Pigoni.
The impact broke the pole and it fell across the road, pulling down several lines.
“It knocked power out to the entire north end of Dry Creek Valley,” said Pigoni.
PG&E reported power went off at 7:30 p.m. to 600 customers in the valley. All but 45 customers were back on by 9:15 p.m.
Fitzpatrick got a ride to Healdsburg District Hospital by a passerby.
CHP officers contacted her at the hospital, checked her sobriety and took her to the Sonoma County Jail.
A PG&E crew repaired the pole and wire damage on the rural route and power was restored to the remaining customers by about 4:40 a.m.
The road was closed, due to the repairs, until after 2:30 a.m., Sloat said.