Orange County authorities say a man was arrested on suspicion of his ninth drunken-driving violation in 6 years after he crashed his car in Placentia.
Witnesses say the driver slammed into a power pole and tried to run from the scene Sunday night.
Placentia police Sgt. Adam Gloe says officers arrested Derek Stacy Haskayne on suspicion of driving under the influence.
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Gloe says they soon discovered the 52-year-old had eight previous DUI convictions in Orange County since 2011. He was on probation for a prior felony DUI charge.
The Orange County Register reports Sunday's DUI is also considered a felony because of the number of prior offenses within the last 10 years.
Haskayne was held without bail. It wasn't immediately known if he has a lawyer.