19-year-old driver shears hydrant, arrested on suspicion of DUI

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station

After a man allegedly drove over a fire hydrant Friday night, deputies arrested him on suspicion of DUI-related charges.

Andrew Larochelle, 19, crashed into a fire hydrant in an SUV around 11:30 p.m. at Valencia Boulevard and McBean Parkway, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials.

“All the information came through (LASD),” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Melinda Choi. “It was a traffic collision involving a hydrant.”

As the flooding continued in the area, officials reportedly worked to temporarily shut down McBean as they attempted to shut off the spouting water.

“Deputies did arrest a 19-year-old male driver, Andrew Larochelle, around 11:30 p.m. last night for DUI,” Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, said Saturday.

Larochelle was booked at 1:45 a.m. on Saturday at the SCV Sheriff’s Station and held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Fire officials were on the scene until approximately midnight, working to shut off the water, according to Choi.

No injuries were reported.

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