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Prineville man arrested in DUII hit-and-run crash


A Prineville driver struck a fence and power pole support wire Sunday night, causing a lengthy power outage in the area, then ran from the scene but was arrested several blocks away on drunken driving and hit-and-run charges, police said.

Police responded around 10:25 p.m. to the reported crash in the area of North Main Street and Northeast 13th Street involving a 2008 Toyota Yaris, Officer Jordan Uppendahl said Monday.

As officers responded, a witness reported seeing the driver, later identified as Todd E. Robinson, 47, running from the scene. Police, assisted by Crook County sheriff’s deputies, found Robinson several blocks away.

Uppendahl said an investigation determined Robinson was driving north on Main Street at unknown speed when his car left the road, striking a fence and power pole support wire.

The crash caused local power outages for several hours, until Pacific Power could make repairs, the officer said. Damage to the pole was estimated at $5,000 and to the fence at $2,000, he added.

Robinson was taken to the Crook County Jail, where he provided a breath sample that registered a .16 blood alcohol content, twice Oregon’s legal limit, Uppendahl said.

He was booked on charges of DUII (alcohol) and two misdemeanor counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver. He remained held Monday morning on $25,000 bail.

Police thanked the sheriff’s office for their assistance. Any additional information can be reported to officers Noland or Uppendahl at 541-447-4168 or on the department’s Facebook page,

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