Car hits home, causes gas leak

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING - Com­piled from staff re­ports

A man was ar­rested in Austin early Mon­day af­ter he drove away from a po­lice stop, then crashed his car into a home and sev­ered a gas line as po­lice pur­sued him, au­thor­i­ties said. Of­fi­cers were re­spond­ing to a re­port of a bur­glary on Burnet Road shortly be­fore 4 a.m. Mon­day when they stopped a “sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle” at An­der­son Lane and Hardy Drive.

An of­fi­cer smelled al­co­hol on the driver’s breath be­fore the ve­hi­cle took off, po­lice said. Po­lice chased the car down An­der­son and onto Bur­rell Drive, where the ve­hi­cle hit a gas main, break­ing it open, and then crashed into a house. Po­lice ar­rested the driver af­ter paramedics ex­am­ined him. No charges have been filed yet, of­fi­cers said, and there were no in­juries.

The Fire Depart­ment ex­am­ined the gas leak and evac­u­ated homes in the area as a pre­cau­tion. Res­i­dents were al­lowed to re­turn to their homes a cou­ple of hours later, po­lice said.

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