Power outage caused by stolen car crash

Posted: 1:21 PM, Mar 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-26 19:39:30-04

Oshkosh police say someone stole and crashed a car Monday morning, leaving thousands without power.

According to a press release, a 19-year-old Oshkosh man crashed a car into a house and utility pole on the 600 block of Jackson St. just at 2:09 a.m., before fleeing the scene. 

Police say they arrested a 16-year-old boy on criminal charges after that incident. Officers took the younger teen to a juvenile detention facility. 

Police say the 19 year old then stole another car and crashed it on the corner of Bowen St. and Irving Ave. at around 6:08 a.m. 

Officers took arrested the older teen on several warrants as well as criminal charges related to both incidents. 

The OPD says it suspects alcohol or drug use as a factor in both crashes.

Wisconsin Public Service reported close to 6000 people without power around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Oshkosh Police say WPS restored all power by 10:00 a.m.