Police are on the pursuit of a man who crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant, sending water gushing onto the street late Thursday night in San Diego.
According to San Diego police, the unruly SUV smashed into the hydrant in front of the Vagabond Inn on the 600 block of Hotel Circle South shortly after midnight.
The collision collapsed the front end of the SUV, smashing in the wheel well, rending the whole vehicle incapacitated. As a response, the driver exited the vehicle and fled away on foot. He was last seen running eastbound from the scene of the geyser.
The damaged hydrant sent water as high as 50 feet into the air, and forced the closure of the surrounding area as police and firefighters worked to stop the flow of water.
Because of the debris left by the downed SUV, it took fire crews more than two hours to stop the water from gushing out onto the road.
Fortunately, the huge loss of water did not affect any neighboring buildings, including the Vagabond Inn, and no flooding damage was reported through the area. The water remained in the street.
Police are still on the lookout for the driver of the SUV, which is registered to a man in the Rancho Penasquitos area. It is unclear at this time what led to the accident, or if the driver was under the influence of any illegal substances, though fleeing from the scene does seem to suggest that he was keen on not speaking with authorities.
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