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Man Arrested After Fleeing Crash Causing Natural Gas Leak - Highway 99E south of Aurora

December 22, 2012

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Highway 99E between Highway 551 and Aurora was closed nearly two hours Saturday morning after a vehicle drove into a ditch and damaged a natural gas line. Aurora Fire Department and Oregon State Police (OSP) were on scene and the natural gas company responded to repair the gas line leak. The vehicle's driver, who was not at the scene when police and fire personnel arrived, was later found by an OSP trooper and arrested for DUII and misdemeanor Hit & Run.

According to Senior Trooper Andrew Goffrier, on December 22, 2012 at approximately 6:00 a.m., a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the highway into a ditch and its driver left the scene before fire and police personnel arrived. A detour was set up for traffic during the closure because of a natural gas line leak. As a precaution, fire personnel contacted some local residents informing them of the gas line leak.

After the highway was closed, Goffrier drove from the south end closure toward the crash scene and saw a man walking southbound on the northbound shoulder matching the description of the car's registered owner. After contacting the man identified as FRANCISCO GALICIA, age 22, from Canby, a subsequent investigation led to GALICIA's arrest for DUII and misdemeanor Hit & Run - Property Damage. GALICIA was later cited to appear in Marion County Circuit Court on the charges and then released to his parents.

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