Kyle Fisher, 23, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving after crashing his Ford F250 into bushes at the side of a house at 12th and Ivy streets in Medford on Friday. Mail Tribune / Julia Moore - Julia Moore

Car crash triggers natural gas leak, evacuation

A Medford city block, including Sacred Heart School, was evacuated for more than two hours late Friday morning when an allegedly intoxicated driver crashed his Ford F250 truck into bushes at the side of a house at 12th and Ivy streets, causing a natural gas leak.

Kyle Fisher, 23, of the 600 block of South Holly Street, was arrested on charges of reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants, Medford police Sgt. Derek Parks said. Parks said he believes Fisher had just left the Minute Market on Oakdale Avenue several blocks away.

Police said Fisher was eastbound on West 12th Street from J Street, when for unknown reasons he drove up on the sidewalk, sheared off a power pole and grazed the house at the corner of West 12th and S. Ivy Street.

Fisher was the only person in the car and was not injured in the 11 a.m. crash, Parks said. Medford police cited him and then transported him to a detox center.

The crash caused the gas leak, prompting emergency crews to evacuate the block between J and Ivy streets, according to Medford Fire Chief Dave Bierwiler. Students at Sacred Heart were moved from the west side of the school to the east side during the leak, which was fixed at about 1:15 p.m., he said.

Three engines, one supervisor and 15 Medford firefighters responded to the crash, Bierwiler said. Pacific Power and Avista Utilities crews also responded.

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