The crash happened around 2:00 am. on Bullard Avenue west of Marks Avenue.
Fresno police say the driver of an Acura SUV hit the power pole, causing live wires to drop and igniting a fire that spread to nearby grass.
Firefighters were able to put out the flames.
The driver tried running but was caught by officers a short time later. They were not hurt.
PG&E crews spent the morning repairing the pole and restoring power to 60 homes.
It's unclear if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.