DES MOINES, Iowa – A man fleeing police crashed into the Hull Avenue Tap early Wednesday morning, severing a natural gas line.
Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department said it happened just after 12:00 a.m. when officers were called to a home in the 1400 block of E. 9th Street on a report of a man violating a no-contact order. When officers arrived, 26-year-old David Jimenez fled in an SUV and a short time later crashed into the Hull Avenue Tap at Hull Ave. and E. 9th St., severing the gas line to the bar.
Jimenez ran from the scene but a K-9 officer was able to pick up his scent and found him a few blocks away. He was transported to the hospital to be checked out for possible injuries before being booked into the Polk County Jail.
Jimenez is charged with harassment, violation of no contact order, eluding, failure to maintain control, striking an unattended vehicle, and driving while license denied.
The Des Moines Fire Department and MidAmerican Energy were called to the scene to deal with the gas leak.