Idaho Power arrives to fix downed power line.
By LORI EDMO-SUPPAH
FORT HALL — A power outage in Fort Hall and Ross Fork affected 882 customers July 17 after a white vehicle crashed into a utility pole on East Sheepskin Road around 2:50 p.m.
Melissa Thom, of Idaho Power communications said the car/pole accident knocked out a 46 kv line and linemen had to replace the pole. The power was restored at 6:23 p.m.
Fort Hall Police Captain Mark Massey said they received a report of a white passenger vehicle driving recklessly around 2:50 p.m. in the area of south Sheepskin Road west of Eagle Road. While officers were checking the area, a vehicle matching the description crashed into a pole. The impact of the vehicle hitting the pole caused a major power outage and the vehicle to roll on its top.
Two adult male individuals were inside the vehicle and the passenger was transported to Portneuf Medical Center. The driver, an adult Native American male, was arrested and charged with inhalation, injury to public or private property and reckless driving.
Because of the power outage, Shoshone-Bannock Tribal employees were sent home around 3:30 p.m. The Not-tsoo Gah-nee Indian Health Center was also affected.