Sheriff: DUII driver hits power lines with utility truck boom

Sheriff: DUII driver hits power lines with utility truck boom
Photo by Adam Grunseth

CRESWELL, Ore. -- Deputies arrested a man for DUII and hit and run Saturday night after he ran into some power lines and tipped over the utility truck he was driving, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Witnesses said the driver, identified as Joseph Anthony Butler, 39, of Banks, was driving the truck with the boom and bucket extended. 

Officials said the truck knocked down a few power lines and traffic signal lights as it drove through the intersection of Oregon Avenue and Highway 99. The truck then tipped over onto its side in front of a nearby gas station.

South Lane Fire & Rescue and Lane County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the scene to find the driver had run from the scene, officials said.

Witnesses followed Butler into a laundromat, where he wrestled with one of the pursuing citizens. Butler was restrained until deputies could place him under arrest, the Sheriff's Office said.

Butler was treated at the scene before being charged with DUII and hit and run. Officials said Butler was driving on a suspended license.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Pacific Power & Light redirected traffic until traffic until crews could clear the scene.


The Lane County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the quick action by local citizens, but warns to take precautions to not put themselves in a position where they may get injured when trying to assist police.