LIVE! gas meter ruptured in suspected dwi pursuit, flames shooting skyward, neighborhood locked down

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#weareouttheretoo is the Joplin Police Department 18 month campaign to make the public aware of drunk driving and how it affects SWMO area lives.

St. Patrick’s Day DWI Enforcement Campaign began Saturday night at 9:00 PM and around 9:30 PM an officer near Broadway in East Town observed a vehicle driving erratically.  Captain Trevor Duncan shares the compelling story LIVE with Joplin News First Shannon Becker.  

In this live video they are at 7th and Michigan standing in the DAV/Red Racks parking lot about 9:40 PM just minutes after it had occurred.  It’s live and breaking news!  

“One of our officers attempted to stop a vehicle and it fled. The driver drove through a yard and drove at the officer. A pursuit was initiated and the vehicle crashed at 5th and Michigan. The driver was rescued from the car by officers as natural gas spewed from a broken main. The driver is being transported for injuries from the crash and further investigation is underway.” – from JPD


CLICK here to view the full live video from the perimeter of the crash, explosion and fire if video does not appear above.

Update Sunday morning from Cpt Trevor Duncan states that the #weareouttheretoo DWI enforcement campaign nabbed six arrests and, “the pursuit driver is being treated for broken bones and was found to have ran to avoid being found out of Louisiana since his probation states he can’t leave the state.  He wasn’t impaired and charges are pending.”

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