Greenfield police believe pickup caused power outage

Recorder Staff
Monday, November 13, 2017

GREENFIELD — About 300 Eversource customers lost power for about five hours early Sunday in what police think started with an accident involving a pickup truck.

Around 12:28 a.m., Greenfield Police Department received a call of an 18-wheeler truck that had hit a utility line on Silver Street — but the truck was not the one to have first taken down the lines.

Instead, it appeared that a Chevrolet pickup truck, police say, caused the initial damage. Police found the pickup on Silver Street with heavy damage to its front, airbags deployed and the driver nowhere to be found.

Property found with the truck allowed police to identify the suspected driver involved. Massachusetts State Police later found Jason C. Dashnaw, 38, of Chicopee on Interstate 91 near the Leyden Road overpass. He was then taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

Dashnaw was issued a summons on seven charges for the incident. He was charged with operating under the influence of drugs and liquor, leaving the scene of property damage, vandalizing property, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violations and speeding.

The 18-wheeler snagged the lower-hanging power lines that were already downed by the pickup, a representative for Eversource said.