UPDATE: Police searching for suspect in power outage hit-and-run

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UPDATED 12:05 p.m.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Police are trying to find a man accused of walking away from a crash that caused a power outage

It happened at about 3:45 a.m. Friday at the intersection of 41st Street and Ellis Road. Police say a car crashed into a power pole.

Witnesses told officers they saw the driver walked away.

“I don’t know if it was trying to make a turn or swerve but it ended up striking a power poll on the south, no northwest corner that ended up causing an outage,” Sioux Falls Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said. 

According to Xce Energy’s website the outage left almost 5,000 people without power for more than two hours. 

Damage to the power pole is estimated at about $15,000. 

The only description witnesses gave police for the driver was a black man wearing dark clothing.

6:19 a.m.

According to Xcel Energy’s outage map, power has been restored in western Sioux Falls.

5:58 a.m.

Nearly 5,000 Xcel Energy users have been without power since 3:46 a.m. Friday morning. 

According to a Sioux Falls Police Sgt., a crash near 41st Street and Ellis Road caused the power outage after a vehicle struck a power pole. Police say the driver fled the scene and an investigation in on-going. 

According to Xcel Energy’s outage map, crews have been working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. The outage appears to be in an area along Sertoma Avenue, north of 26th Street.

The outage map says power is estimated to be back around 6:15 a.m. Friday morning. You can get the latest updates from Xcel Enegery online.

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