06.28.2022 | 1:43 AM | ORANGE – A defiant man ignored first responders and exited his overturned vehicle while it was entangled in live high-voltage power lines, early Tuesday morning.
The rollover crash was reported on West La Veta Avenue, between South Alpine Road and South Bedford Street, around 1:43 AM.
Authorities arriving on scene located a grey Dodge Challenger on its roof in front of a home located in the 400 block of South Alpine Road.
The Dodge had collided with a power pole and was draped multiple high-voltage power lines as a result.
Quick thinking officers used a loudspeaker to instruct the vehicle’s driver to stay put while first responders attempted to shut off power to the downed lines.
Despite their warnings the driver exited the vehicle and walked over live power lines before coming to a wall and eventually being escorted to safety.
A nearby resident also defied orders to remain inside her home and traversed live power lines while crews attended to the scene.
The driver, and solo occupant of the vehicle, was transported to UCI Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash while power officials work to repair the downed lines.