Two crashes close Highway 101 for a time in Paso, first wreck knocks out power

Power was out for a time in parts of Paso Robles and Highway 101 was closed after two crashes overnight Sunday, according to the CHP.

The agency says that Daniel J. Woodman, 25, of Atascadero, crashed his 2004 Ford F150 pickup into a utility pole along southbound Highway 101, just south of Highway 46 West, in foggy weather about 1 a.m.

Woodman, for what the CHP described as “unknown reasons,” drove off the side of the road and through a fence, crashing into the pole and causing power lines to fall across both directions of the freeway.

The freeway reopened just before 3 a.m., the CHP said.

Woodman’s minor injuries were treated at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, according to the CHP.

While that crash was being investigated and cleaned up, a 16-year-old girl from Atascadero crashed a 1995 Nissan Sentra into a Paso Robles Police Department patrol car just before 2 a.m., the agency reported.

The 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, with a 35-year-old officer inside, was stopped just north of Highway 46 West, blocking the southbound lanes of Highway 101.

The girl was driving at what the CHP described as “an unsafe speed for (the) conditions,” which the investigating officer described as “clear, cool and dry” weather.

Driving between 60 and 65 mph, the front of the girl’s Nissan could not stop in time and crashed into the passenger side of the police car, according to the CHP. The girl was neither drunk nor on drugs, according to the agency.

The CHP said the patrol car was a marked, white vehicle with all of its emergency lights on.

Officers released the girl — whose minor injuries were treated at the scene — to her mother. The officer’s minor injuries were treated at Twin Cities, according to the CHP.

The CHP did not disclose the name of the girl or the officer.