By Associated Press - Sunday, July 12, 2015

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) - Police say a man trying to elude capture in a stolen vehicle crashed into a utility pole in Taylorsville, knocking out power for hundreds of people.

KSL-TV in Salt Lake City reports ( the incident began around 6:20 a.m. Sunday when an officer identified the stolen car as it was making an illegal left turn.

Unified police Lt. Justin Hoyal says 28-year-old Casey James Ortez allegedly fled during the traffic stop.

The officer then spotted sparks in the distance and found the crashed vehicle.

Ortez was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

He faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing from police.

Meanwhile, 680 households lost power but crews expect it to be restored this afternoon.


Information from: KSL-TV,

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