Motor vehicle accident east of Hawarden causes city-wide power outage – September 25

On Monday, September 25, at 12:43 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 10, one mile east of Hawarden, IA.

Upon further investigation, a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire, owned by Alfonso Martinez, had been traveling northbound on Buchanan Avenue, crossed Highway 10, left the roadway, struck a support wire for an electrical utility pole and came to rest in a creek north of Highway 10; the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene.  The support wire detached and struck overhead power lines, causing a power outage for the City of Hawarden.

Investigating deputies located a wallet and identification belonging to Martinez annd open containers of alcohol in the vehicle.

Deputies located the Martinez at his residence and suspected that he was under the influence of alcohol but Martinez denied driving the Pontiac that struck the electrical property.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Hawarden Fire Department and Hawarden Ambulance.

The case remains under investigation.