According to the Sioux Falls Police Department, Xcel Energy is dealing with at least $150,000 in electrical damages following a fiery car crash on Sunday. As KELOLAND News has reported, a 15-year-old boy faces a drunk driving charge. He is accused of speeding and crashing into electrical poles along Weber Avenue on Sunday. A witness told police the young suspect appeared to be driving 100 miles per hour in the middle of Sioux Falls.
"Considering how fast he was going, and the number of things he hit, and coupled with not wearing a seat belt, I think he was extremely lucky he was able to get away and just have some minor injuries," Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls Police Department said.
Officers said when they arrived at the scene, it did not take them long to notice the driver was trapped in the burning vehicle.
"He was banging on the window, trying to get out. Officers ended up breaking the window and pulled him out," Clemens said.
Xcel crew members restored power to homes and businesses in a matter of hours, but the $150,000 in electrical damages is a lasting impact.
"Rarely have I seen any crashes where you have even close to $100,000 in damage. I mean, that's a pretty high amount," Clemens said.
As for who will pick up the bill, Clemens says it depends on whether the 15-year-old boy is convicted of his charges, which include DWI, reckless driving and driving without a license.
"Juvenile court is different than adult court. I'm not sure if responsibility falls on parents, or what happens with that," Clemens said.
An Xcel Energy representative said the company is still looking at the costs of the damage and did not go into much detail about the total.
Clemens said the suspect was driving his mom's boyfriend's car.