One person was arrested early Sunday morning for driving under the influence after crashing a stolen vehicle into a solar generator at Redwood High School, the Visalia Fire Department said.
Crews went to the campus at 1001 W. Main St. about 12:35 a.m. for a possible vehicle fire, but when they arrived fire crews discovered the stolen vehicle was not on fire. Instead, the vehicle had crashed into an above-ground solar generator that was arcing and smoking.
The driver, a 23-year-old Visalia man, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicle theft, evading police and driving with a suspended driver's license, Visalia police said.
Southern California Edison Co. was notified and once the power to the generator was secured, the vehicle was removed. The fire department said power to the high school would remain off until the school district can have an electrician repair the solar generator. Damage was estimated at $15,000 to the generator and $8,000 to the vehicle.
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