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Niagara Falls driver fleeing cops hits parked vehicles and garage, severing gas line

A driver fleeing Niagara Falls police at high speeds down city streets lost control of his car late Friday and went through a fence, hitting a garage and two parked vehicles.

One of the vehicles careened into a house, severing a natural gas line and creating a large gas leak.

The incident occurred just after 10:30 p.m. when officers on a drunken driving patrol noticed a silver Nissan with Indiana plates run a stop sign at 22nd Street and Pierce Avenue. Police said they tried to stop the vehicle but the driver sped off southbound on 22nd Street, eventually crossing Pine Avenue and heading the wrong way down 21st Street.

Officers again tried to stop the vehicle at 27th Street and Pine Avenue, only to have it speed off again.

A short time later officers noticed the vehicle veer sharply as if turning into a driveway. They discovered that the car had gone through a chain-link fence and struck a garage at 2704 Pierce Ave. The car also clipped a parked pickup truck and a trailer at that address, sending the trailer careening into the house and severing a natural gas line. The driver of the runaway vehicle fled the scene before police arrived.

City fire crews assisted National Fuel crews in controlling the gas leak. Police reported finding a container of marijuana inside the vehicle, and said they continue to seek the driver of the vehicle, believed to be a 24-year-old Niagara Falls man.

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