Crash causes gas leak in Riverside

Car hit gas meter in Riverside (WDTN photo/Bear Everett)

RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – Vectren was called to repair a leaking gas meter early Thursday.

Riverside Police say a car went off the road in the area of Schwinn Drive and Brandt Pike around 2:45 a.m. It hit a gas meter, causing natural gas to start seeping into the air.

Some nearby homes were evacuated for more than two hours.

Police say a highway patrol trooper tried to stop the car a few minutes before the crash, but the car kept going. A Riverside officer also tried to pull the car over.

The driver took off running after the crash. A K-9 was brought in to do a track.

Police suspect the driver had been drinking. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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