Internet and phone service were knocked out in part of San Rafael on Sunday after an alleged drunken driver crashed into an AT&T vault, police said.
The crash occurred at about 1:45 a.m. at the intersection of Las Gallinas Avenue and Manuel T. Freitas Parkway in Terra Linda. The driver of a 2015 Jeep Wrangler lost control and went off the road, hitting two AT&T vaults, shearing a light standard, knocking down a street sign and snapping the guide wire of a Pacific Gas & Electric utility pole, said San Rafael police Sgt. Mike Vergara.
The driver, the only person in the car, was identified as Patrick Robinson, 49, San Rafael, Vergara said. Robinson was booked into Marin County Jail and released on bail.
Robinson could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Donetta Rhodes, the AT&T crew supervisor working on repairs Sunday afternoon, said both phone and Internet connections might not be restored until Monday or later.
“When a cabinet is knocked over like that, it breaks the connections. An electrician is coming out, and a fiber guy will have to re-splice it all,” Rhodes said.
She said she did not know how many customers lost service.