HANFORD — After reportedly doing doughnuts in the middle of the street with his car and taking Hanford Police officers on a high-speed chase, 34-year-old Donald Flenoid was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence; but not before crashing into two power poles, according to police officials.
Several transformers blew out near the area as a result of the collision, and officials said Southern California Edison crews and Hanford Fire crews were called to help. Two small fires had to be extinguished and the downed power lines were blocking streets, police said.
It all happened on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m., after Hanford Police officers said they responded to a call of a reckless driver near the area of Irwin Street and Hanford-Armona Road.
Police said several callers stated a white Dodge Challenger was speeding and doing doughnuts in the middle of the street.
Officers said they located the car near Phillips and Scott streets, but it took off as officers approached it and sped into the opposite lanes of traffic attempting to flee.
Officers said they initiated their emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to get the vehicle to pull over, but the Challenger just kept on going.
After failing to stop at the posted stop sign at Scott and Irwin streets, police said Flenoid accelerated to a high rate of speed going northbound on Irwin Street, with several police cars chasing him.
Because he was going so fast, police said Flenoid lost control of his car near Douty and Lang streets and crashed into two Southern California Edison power poles, sheering both poles in half.
With the car stuck in the middle of the road, officers said they were able to get Flenoid out of the vehicle and arrest him.
Officials said Flenoid sustained injuries from the collision and was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for his injuries. Police said he was found to be intoxicated.
Police officials said charges will be submitted to the Kings County District Attorney’s office against Flenoid for felony evading and DUI.