Driver flees from car after crashing into Richmond power pole

Posted at 6:19 AM, Sep 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-04 12:43:50-04

RICHMOND, Va - A power pole leaning over Jahnke Road is the result of a hit and run driver, according to Richmond police. Officers said they were dispatched to the intersection of Jahnke Road and Irby Drive at 2:08 a.m. There they found a Subaru Forester flipped upside down, resting on its roof. Police said it appeared the Forester ran off the road and snapped the power pole.

Dominion Virginia Power crews told officers the power lines the pole leaned against are strong enough to hold it until they return for repairs later Friday morning.  Also, crews would have had to shut off power in the surrounding area during the early morning hours.  In the daylight, they could fix the damage without disturbing power, according to officials.

Police said the driver of the SUV was no where to be found when they arrived on scene, therefore they are calling this a hit and run. Police were seen removing evidence from the car, meaning investigators likely know who owns the vehicle.

Dominion Virginia Power crews returned to the scene to fix the damage around 8 a.m.  They finished their work around 12 p.m.

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