A Strongsville man was charged with suspicion of drunken driving in connection with the Monday morning crash that caused thousands of power outages.

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NORTH ROYALTON -- Police now tell WKYC Monday afternoon that a Strongsville man has been charged with suspicion of drunken driving in connection with the Monday morning crash that caused thousands of power outages.

Police said John Michael Taylor, 18, was trying to drive into a Speedway parking lot around 12:50 a.m. Monday when he lost control of a 2005 Ford SUV and hit a utility pole.

The crash caused more than 14,000 power outages in North Royalton, Broadview Heights, Parma, Parma Heights and Brook Park, according to FirstEnergy.

Power was restored within several hours.

Taylor got out of the SUV after the crash and fled toward the York Road Recreation Field, where officers caught and arrested him, police said.

Two women who were inside the SUV were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment. Two other men inside the SUV were arrested and charged with obstructing justice in connection with the incident, police said.

The crash occurred near Route 82 and York Road.

According to police dispatch, a North Royalton officer received injuries during a foot chase to catch some of the SUV occupants.

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