Teen Driver Crashes Audi Into Danville Home, Hits Gas Line

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    An Audi driver crashed into a Danville home Tuesday morning shearing a gas line and forcing the evacuation of six nearby homes. Stephanie Chuang reports. (Published Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014)

    An 18-year-old driver was arrested after a blue Audi crashed into a Danville home early Tuesday morning, hitting a 1-inch gas main and causing a free-flowing leak that led to the evacuation of 15 people in six nearby homes.

    Danville Police Lt. Allan Shields said Shae Kapulica was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, after his Audi A4 veered off the road on Midland Way about 12:40 a.m. and drove into the side of a home, which caused a break in the gas line. Shields did not release a booking photo of the teen as per department policy.

    Larry Scharg, who owns the home, saw some of the aftermath: The driver "looked like a young kid and – the car was locked I could not open the door but person was conscious motioning to them to leave the car so much gas coming out."

    On camera, Kapulica could be seen taking a field sobriety test. He was taken into custody at the scene.

    It took PG&E more than three hours to cap the leak. No one was injured in the crash.