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LOCAL : 405 Reopens in Time for Rush Hour

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All lanes on the northbound San Diego Freeway were reopened about 2 a.m. today, more than seven hours after a suspected drunk driver ran into a power pole, downing high-voltage lines and clogging Easter holiday traffic.

Officials will close the freeway again for two hours tonight, from midnight to 2 a.m., to finish repairing the lines.

The incident occurred on the Westminster Boulevard off-ramp to the northbound San Diego Freeway at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. (Story, Part I, Page 1.) Traffic was backed up for 12 miles in both directions.

The CHP said the southbound lanes will be closed from midnight tonight until 2 a.m. Tuesday from the Bolsa Avenue over-cross to Springdale Street while officials from the Edison emergency team restore the lines. The closure includes the Westminster Avenue off-ramp. Northbound lanes will be closed Tuesday from midnight until 2 a.m. from Magnolia Street to Beach Boulevard. This closure includes the Beach Boulevard northbound on-ramp.

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The driver of the vehicle accused of causing the problem, Adrian Garcia, 22, of San Clemente, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, officials said. Garcia, who was treated for minor injuries, was cited and released from Orange County Jail.


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