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Gas Main Ruptured During Police Pursuit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A gas main was ruptured Feb. 2 during a police chase with an intoxicated driver.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A gas main was ruptured Feb. 2 during a police chase with an intoxicated driver.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 2 a Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a suspected intoxicated driver in the area of W. Kearney and S. State Hwy 13 in Springfield.

The driver led deputies on a brief police pursuit after refusing to pull over, ending with a crash into a fence near the area of the 2100 block of W. High St.

The female driver ran from the vehicle and was located hiding under a nearby van where she was apprehended.

When the driver struck the fence a gas main was also ruptured.

City Utilities responded to the scene to check for damage and to perform repairs.

The woman was taken to a local hospital for observation while several charges are currently pending.

The suspect’s name and photo have yet to be released but will become available after formal charges have been made in the case.

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