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Wash. chase ends with crash, ruptured gas line

By Hector Castro
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

KING COUNTY, Wash. — A man trying to flee from a pursuing King County sheriff's deputy crashed into a residential yard early Wednesday, bursting a natural gas line.

The home was evacuated, the gas shut off, and the 29-year-old driver arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence, and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

It began about 2 a.m. when a 2006 Nissan Murano sped past a sheriff's deputy in the northbound lanes of Aurora Avenue North in Shoreline, traveling at about 65 mph, police reported.

The deputy caught up to the SUV near North 192nd Street and activated his overhead lights. But the driver sped off, at one point driving 60 mph along a residential street where the speed limit is 25 mph.

At one point, the speeding SUV driver tried to avoid a traffic island, but lost control of his vehicle, police said. He plowed through a wooden fence and became stuck between the fence and the house.

Guns drawn, the deputy, joined by other officers, physically pulled the driver out of the vehicle, even as he attempted to restart it with a gas leak nearby.

Sheriff's officials said the man did not have any visible injuries, but smelled of alcohol. There were no injuries to the residents of the home.

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