Man in jail after causing late night gas leak

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BELOIT, Wis. (WMTV) -- The City of Beloit Police Department says a man is in custody after crashing into a gas line and causing a gas leak.

Courtesy: City of Beloit Police Department

Officers say just before midnight on Tuesday an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation at Wisconsin and Henry Avenues. They say the driver, a 29-year-old man, did not stop for the officer and failed to stop at the stop sign on Harrison Ave. and White Ave. A short time later the suspect’s vehicle crashed into another vehicle at Harrison and Woodward Avenues.

Police say the suspect’s car then crashed into a gas line on Harrison Ave. while the other vehicle hit a pole and landed on its roof. Both drivers were taken to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the suspect vehicle was then taken into custody for fleeing and other violations.

When the suspect crashed into the gas line, it caused a gas leak which prompted evacuations in the area. The City of Beloit Police Department reported the gas leak had been shut off in the area and crews were working to check all locations to ensure there was no additional risk at 2:22 a.m. on Wednesday.

Then as of 2:55 a.m. Wednesday morning, people living the evacuated area were able to return to their homes.