Alleged drunk driver causes Pullman power outage | Crime
A 53-year-old Clarkston woman was arrested by Pullman police Monday night after she allegedly drove at speeds of up to 90 mph, side swiping vehicles and causing a rollover accident that led to a power outage in the north area of town.
Cheryl Bynum was taken into custody by Whitman County Sheriff's deputies on Highway 27 near milepost 5 after she lost control of her 1999 Chevy van. She was transported to Pullman Regional Hospital and treated for neck and back pain, and then arrested for driving under the influence, reckless driving, and hit and run.
One off-duty police officer estimated Bynum's speed at between 70 and 90 mph in the area of Grand and Stadium Way. She was observed crossing over the center line and into oncoming traffic, and 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 the 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," according to a press release.
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.
Another motorist whose vehicle was allegedly sideswiped by Bynum on Grand Avenue reported an injury to a passenger. Firefighters checked out the victim, and they went to the hospital in their own vehicle.
"It's a miracle that no one was killed," according to officer Aaron Brashears.