WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) – Police believe they know the suspect who led them on a chase and then crashed into a gas meter.
The chase started in Munhall early Monday morning. The suspect ended up crashing around 2 a.m. along Brierly Lane in West Mifflin.
The 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix went barreling across two yards, crashed into a wall and hit a gas meter, causing a gas line to be severed. Several homes in the neighborhood were evacuated, as the gas company was called to the scene to shut off the gas.
Barbara Page was sleeping when she heard the crash outside.
“I could hear gas leaking out of a meter and hearing policeman pounding on the neighbor’s door telling them to evacuate,” said Page. “There was a car over here. It was upright. There was a woman in the car, and policeman was yelling at her ‘You gotta get out, you gotta get out.’ They drug her out.”
The driver of the car bailed after the crash and ran into a wooded area nearby.
Page’s next door neighbor saw the driver running from the scene.
“He ran past my door and through the two houses down to the back into the woods, and the police were chasing him, and there was a young woman inside the car,” said Bob Bolster, a neighbor. “She looked okay. She was walking.”
Bolster and his wife live in the home where the gas meter once was. They had to evacuate as well as their neighbors on either side until Peoples Gas arrived to make sure everything was safe.
The Bolster’s stayed with neighbors until they could go back in their home.
“We don’t have gas. Have to get plumber to come in and dig,” West Mifflin resident Janice Bolster said.
“This is quite the drop off the end of our driveway which we had just gotten redone a month ago,” Page said.
Police searched for the suspect throughout the morning. An arrest warrant has now been issued for the suspect.
Munhall Police is handling the investigation into the chase. Meanwhile, West Mifflin Police were handling the crash scene.
It doesn’t appear anyone was injured in the crash or evacuation.