DUII Crash Causes Power Outage (Photo)
ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies believe both impairment and distracted driving contributed to a Wednesday morning crash that caused a power outage north of Rogue River. The 3000-block of East Evans Creek Road was partially closed while Pacific Power workers repaired power lines damaged in the crash.
On January 9, 2019, at 12:35 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call from a neighbor who heard the crash and noticed a power outage. JCSO deputies, along with personnel from the Rogue River Police Department and the Rogue River Fire District, responded to the scene.
Deputies determined the vehicle, a white 2014 Jeep Compass, was northbound on East Evans Creek Road when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway. The vehicle struck a power pole and came to rest in a ditch. The power pole was heavily fractured with power lines hanging near the ground.
The driver, Allison Leigh Coulter, 24, of Rogue River, was not injured. Deputies believe both alcohol impairment and cell phone use contributed to the crash. Deputies arrested Coulter for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) and reckless driving. A breath test showed Coulter’s blood alcohol content was 0.14%. She was cited and released.