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Woman Arrested After Knocking Out Power To North Side Of Pullman

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PULLMAN, Wash. -

A 53-year-old Clarkston woman was arrested by Pullman police Monday night on a variety of charges including felony hit-and-run after she drove on North Grand Avenue at speeds estimated up to 90 miles-per-hour, side-swiping vehicles and causing a roll-over accident that led to a power outage in the north area of town.

Whitman County Sheriff deputies took Cheryl A. Bynum into custody on Highway 27 near mile marker 5 after she lost control of her 1999 Chevrolet van. Sheriff Brett Myers said she had a suspended license and had multiple DUI’s. Whitman County Rural District 12 transported her to Pullman Regional Hospital where she was treated for neck and back pain. In addition to the hit-and-run charge, Pullman police arrested her for driving under the influence and reckless driving.

Pullman Police Officer Aaron Breshears said a Washington State University police officer observed the suspect driving through the intersection of Grand and Stadium Way around 7 pm but was caught in traffic and could not pursue the suspect. One off-duty police officer estimated her speed at between 70 and 90 mph. Along the way, the northbound suspect crossed over the center line and into on-coming traffic. She allegedly forced several vehicles to take evasive action.

According to officers, one southbound driver applied his brakes near Turner Drive while another motorist behind him, tried to avoid an accident by veering to the right. He went up a hillside on Turner, then lost control and rolled down about 30 feet into a power pole. At that time there were sparks from the power lines that came down around the vehicle

Pullman firefighters were called to the scene and told the driver to remain in the vehicle until Avista crews could shut down the power. Once it was safe, firefighters were able to rescue the man through the back of his vehicle. He was not injured and did not require transportation to the hospital.

In the meantime, another motorist whose vehicle was sideswiped by the suspect on Grand Avenue reported an injury to a passenger. Firefighters checked out victim but they went to the hospital in their own vehicle.

“It’s a miracle that no one was killed,” Officer Breshears said after assessing the damage.

Avista crews estimated that a small section of Military Hill was without power from the accident. They were awaiting additional personnel and said the repairs could take up to 10 hours. The roll-over accident snapped a pole and broke a 115,000 volt line and a 13,000 volt line. Avista personnel said because of the smart grid system that was installed in the area they were able to restore power to a large section of Military Hill.

Agencies that responded to this incident included the Pullman Police Department, Pullman Fire Department, Whitman County Sheriff’s Department, Whitman Rural Fire District 12, Washington State University Police, and the Washington State Patrol.

--PFD—

Article written by Glenn A. Johnson, PFD/PIO

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