Youngstown State University police chase ends in crash, gas leak

Police say they were chasing a suspect, accused of grabbing a woman inappropriately on campus

A police cruiser hit a gas line in Youngstown, causing the evacuation of some nearby businesses.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A police chase near Youngstown State University ended in a crash, which caused a gas leak in the area.

Police are blocking off the area near Walnut Street and Wood Avenue. A nearby daycare was evacuated while crews work to repair the line.

Police say they were chasing a suspect, accused of grabbing a woman inappropriately on campus. The suspect ran down an alley way, and an officer in a police cruiser tried to follow him, crashing into a building.

The force of the crash caused a gas line to rupture in the building.

The suspect has been arrested, but his name hasn’t been released yet. Police are still working to piece together the investigation.

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