I'm in SE Portland, doing errands, where I just ran across this. The short story is that a drunk man attempted to buy beer from a Plaid Pantry. He was turned down and peeled hard out of the parking lot, where he struck the guide wire on that pole.
You can see the parking lot better in this shot.

After crashing, the driver crawled out and, according to a witness, accused passersby of being "Antifa" and having caused the crash.
At present, the Plaid Pantry is temporarily closed while the firefighters attempt to figure out how to get he truck down.
Also: the driver is presently in Police custody.

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