Police: Teens crashed into power pole with stolen truck

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ATLANTA —

Some southwest Atlanta homes lost power overnight after teens smashed a stolen truck into a power pole while trying to outrun police.

Atlanta police said they got an alarm call at a Mini Food Mart on Katherwood Drive when someone tried to break in. When officers arrived, they noticed a pick-up truck driving away with the headlights off, police said.

Officers tried to pull the truck over, but the driver sped off and officers gave chase until the truck crashed several blocks later, police said.

“We were sound asleep and all of a sudden the house just vibrated,” neighbor patricia Ibarra said.

The truck knocked over a power pole and uprooted a tree at the intersection of Katherwood and Melrose drives.

“It’s a red truck. It plowed into a telephone pole and the telephone pole knocked down and it’s damaged pretty bad,” Ibarra said.

Police said two teens were in the truck, which had been reported stolen. One was treated by medics at the scene before they were both arrested and taken to jail.

Georgia Power crews are waiting on a new pole to replace the one that split in half before they can restore power to the area.