Homes evacuated after car crash breaks gas line

Crash happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday

Police said the crash caused a natural gas line to break, forcing homes to be evacuated, Oct. 18, 2017. (WCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An impaired driver crashed his vehicle into a residence early Wednesday, causing a natural gas line to break and forcing nearby homes to be evacuated, police said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened around 12:30 a.m. near Southwest Scholls Ferry Road and Southwest Raleighwood Way in Portland.

Anthony Magden, 47, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (WCSO)

Witnesses said a black Chevrolet Yukon crashed into a residence before the driver fled on foot. The driver, later identified as 47-year-old Anthony Magden, was found during a K9 search.

Nine homes were evacuated, displacing 20 people for several hours due to the gas line break, but no injuries were reported. TriMet provided a bus for those evacuated to keep warm and dry.

Madgen was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants, hit and run, 2nd-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving.